Ministry of Culture, Gender,
Entertainment and Sport

Government of Jamaica
Ministry of Youth & Culture - Agencies that falls under the ministry


Child Development Agency (CDA)
The Child Development Agency became an Executive Agency on June 1, 2004 and is a merger of the Children Services Division, the Adoption Board and the Child Support Unit. It is headed by a Chief Executive Officer.

The CDA integrates the functions of the three entities in order to provide comprehensive delivery of services to children and their parents (our clients). The Agency has statutory responsibility for children who are in need of care and protection i.e. those abused, neglected or abandoned as well as for children who are experiencing behavioural problems.

As part of its emphasis on promoting children’s rights, the CDA monitors the adoption of international child care conventions locally and aims at developing and promoting its position on children’s issues internationally.

Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC)
Welcome to the world of the Creative Production and Training Centre, CPTC. Since 1984, we have proudly delivered on our mandate to record, archive and promote diverse expressions of Jamaica’s indigenous culture. In less than thirty years, the CPTC has produced over fifteen hundred hours of programming ranging from documentaries, interviews, educational features, dramatic, entertainment and cultural packages. Perennial favourites like Hill an’ Gully Ride (1988) and Rappin’ (1988), are joined by new innovative programmes ‘Jamaica Beat’ (2012) and our tribute to Jamaica’s 50th anniversary celebrations,‘This Week in 1962’ (2012); with more new projects expected to be implemented 2012 — 2014. CPTC’s cultural content programmes can be seen on local free to air and cable stations, as well as on own internet site.

Institute of Jamaica (IOJ)
The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) was established in 1879 by Sir Anthony Musgrave, the then Governor of Jamaica to preserve the country’s tangible and intangible heritage. It is an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture  and is located at 10-16 East Street Kingston.

With its mandate, “For the Encouragement of Literature, Science and Art in Jamaica “, the IOJ is known for establishing and managing museums and galleries for the collection, preservation and display of artefacts and art treasures as well as bringing awareness of Jamaica’s rich and diverse heritage. The Mission and Vision statements of the IOJ further support this mandate.

Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC)

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is a dynamic cultural agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture. With a strong ‘Brand Jamaica’ flair and vibrancy, it has positively shaped the image of Jamaica by producing a sea of world class arts luminaries who continue to wow the international scene with their unmatched creativity and artistic prowess. Globalization has presented tremendous opportunities for its continued growth and development through strategic alliances, interplay with cultures and through the utilization of information communication technology modalities.

Being a thriving cultural force that develops, promotes, and preserves the creative talents of many Jamaicans, JCDC also has the formidable task of keeping alive the amazing intangible heritage of Jamaica that defines the core and ethos of Jamaica’s nationhood.

Jamaica National Heritage Trust

It was early in the 1900s that the (governor Sir Sidney Olivier, requested Frank Cundall, Secretary of the Institute of Jamaica, to prepare a list of historic sites, buildings and monuments in each parish. He was to state in each case the nature of its interest and the name of the owner. This was prepared with the assistance of local officers of the medical, police and public works department, the Collectors of Taxes and the Parochial Board and some private individuals. At the direction of the Governor the list was published in the supplement of the Jamaica Gazette December 1909.

In his comments which accompanied the list, Mr. Cundall expressed the hope that this may be the means of steps being taken to preserve old buildings and other monuments from \'decay and the hand of man\', and that in the case of private properties owners would be induced to take better care of their buildings. The list was incorporated as part of a report dealing with the preservation of historic sites and ancient monuments in the West Indian Colonies presented to the British Parliament.

National Library of Jamaica
The National Library of Jamaica was established in 1979 under the Institute of Jamaica Act of 1978. It originated from the collection of the West India Reference Library (WIRL) which was founded in 1894 as a section of the Public Library of the Institute of Jamaica. This public library was the first of its kind in Jamaica. It began operations in 1879 when the Institute of Jamaica was established for the encouragement of literature, science and art. The West India Reference Library began as a small collection of Jamaican and West Indian books, under the guidance of Frank Cundall, the Secretary/Librarian of the Institute from 1891 until his death in 1937. It developed into a comprehensive collection, rich in primary source materials covering all aspects of Caribbean life and society. WIRL formed the nucleus of the National Library.

Since its establishment in 1973, the National Youth Service (NYS) has been empowering the Jamaica’s youth. As mandated by the National Youth Service Act 1999, the organization’s goal is to equip youths, 17-24 years old, with the necessary life coping skills to foster their personal and career development as well as enhance their contribution to community and national development.

The 2011 census identified 406,998 youths between the ages of 17 — 24 years in Jamaica. As of 2010, about 145,000 youth were considered unattached. At present, NYS has developed a portfolio of programmes to cater to all segments of the country’s youth by emphasizing inclusiveness. 

Through its programme offerings, especially by exposure to the personal development curriculum, NYS emphasizes core values and behavioural attitudes that aid participants’ personal development, stimulate volunteerism and build national pride. NYS is becoming more market driven by incorporating labour market trends and client needs in its programme development process.

OFFICE of the Children’s Registry OCR
The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) is a statutory body established in January 2007 under the Child Care & Protection Act (CCPA) 2004.  The OCR is responsible for receiving reports of child abuse and recording, assessing and referring cases to the Child Development Agency, the Office of the Children’s Advocate or the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse for investigation and action. 

The organization receives reports from the general public as well as prescribed persons (persons who by virtue of their occupation execute a duty of care towards children and as such are mandated to report child abuse such as doctors, teachers, and others).  The OCR also serves as a repository of statistics on incidences of child abuse in Jamaica and is used to inform operational and child friendly policies and guidelines.

The organization also has responsibility for the Ananda Alert System which is a nationwide system that was designed in May 2009  and transferred to the portfolio of OCR in March , 2013. This system allows the speedy and safe recovery of a child in the unfortunate event that he or she is abducted or kidnapped. The System involves the mobilization of stakeholders to get the message of a missing child into the public domain the moment the matter is reported to the police.


In 1945,UNESCO was created in order to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation, that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. Peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity.

UNESCO strives to build networks among nations that enable this kind of solidarity, by:

  • Mobilizing for education: so that every child, boy or girl, has access to quality education as a fundamental human right and as a prerequisite for human development.
  • Building intercultural understanding: through protection of heritage and support for cultural diversity. UNESCO created the idea of World Heritage to protect sites of outstanding universal value.
  • Pursuing scientific cooperation: such as early warning systems for tsunamis or trans-boundary water management agreements, to strengthen ties between nations and societies.
  • Protecting freedom of expression: an essential condition for democracy, development and human dignity.