Education Team Members:
Patrick Williams – Education Chair
Yasmin Facey – President
Anthony Edwards Martine Hall, Sharon Morgan, Johnise Glen, Andrew Facey, Alphonso Gibbs, Marie Kellier, Doreen Tulloch-Reid, Rose Lebert,
Kingston Technical High
Buff Bay All Age
Zion Hill Primary & Junior High
Port Maria Primary
St. Mary High
Highgate Primary & Junior High
Little London High School
Little London Primary
Catherine Hall Primary
Mount Salem All Age & Junior High
Jamaica Awareness Association of California, (JAAC), had a seven member volunteer team participate in our 12th annual education mission to Jamaica. During our mission week mission, we visited 15 schools and were successful in accomplishing our objectives. Our work impacted the lives over 5000 students in the parishes of St. Mary, Portland, Kingston, Westmoreland and St. James with the support and assistance of the Ministry of Education.
The objectives set forth by the education team and approved by the JAAC board was successfully executed:
- We donated school supplies to over 500 students
- Repaired and serviced previously donated computers at 6 schools
- We donated multimedia projectors, computers, printers, digital cameras, iPods and USB wireless network cards.
- Conducted computer training seminars for teachers
- Conducted 3 Trauma Workshops for guidance counselors
- Conducted career rap sessions at various schools
- We conducted our first Education Summit-Empowered by Knowledge: obstacles to Education in Jamaica
- Made courtesy call on the Ministry of Education
- Made courtesy visits on all 5 of our current scholarship recipients at their various schools and reviewed the current guidelines.
Our annual Training Seminar for teachers was facilitated by JAAC team members, the principal and staff at Highgate Junior High & Primary (St. Mary) in conjunction with members of Negril Education Environmental Trust (NEET). The purpose of the training was to provide the participants with a basic course in Microsoft Word and Excel. There were 32 principals and teachers in attendance and the training was well received by all.
Our Trauma presentation seminar was a new addition to this year’s activities for Guidance Counselors on “Classroom issues and potential answers”. The team conducted workshops in 3 parishes. The first was held at Mico Teacher’s College (Kingston) with 35 attendees; the second took place at Highgate Primary & Junior High (St. Mary) with 33 attendees and the third, at Travellers Beach Resort (Westmoreland) with 30 attendees. The seminars were well received by all participants, and evoked many questions during the presentations. Participants stated that the workshops were refreshing and well needed.
To conclude our week of activities JAAC in collaboration with Saint James Central Constituency, supported by the University of the West Indies Mona, Western Jamaica Campus hosted the first Education Summit, entitled “Empowered by Knowledge: The Obstacles to Education in Jamaica”.
The objectives were to:
- To identify the critical issues affecting education in Jamaica
- Identify and understand the issues from a stakeholder’s perspective
- Identify common threads
- Promote public discourse around the improvement of education
- Drive sensitivity and awareness around the issues
- Create alignment and increase collaboration among the stakeholders towards solutions
- Health and Welfare of the Children: (Health – vision, hearing, dental, nutrition, psychological, emotional etc.)
- Socio-Economic Circumstances: (Family support, finances, parenting, social/community/ environment)
- Access: (Availability of educational resources – teachers, books, supplies, equipment, technology, tools, transportation, training etc.)
- Government/Social Policies: (Government regulations, funding, government response to issues affecting education, access to support etc.)
The event was very well received by the over 100 attendees, including the Minister of Education The Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites who delivered the keynote address; Hon Lloyd B. Smith Member of Parliament. The summit was moderated by Dr. Luz Longsworth, Director of the UWI, Mona Western Jamaica Campus (Principal, Sam Sharpe Teachers College), Dr. Jhody Ann Hendricks (Pediatrician with Ministry of Health) and Mr. Alonzo Jones (Principal, Barracks Road Primary).
JAAC Education team was very well received at all the schools we visited. The teachers and students greeted us warmly and expressed their appreciation for the assistance JAAC has provided to them over the years.
Thanks to all our donors and supporters for allowing us to carry out another successful education outreach mission in Jamaica.
Special Thanks to:
- Dennis Shipping
- Lions Club, Montego Bay
- Ministry of Education, regions 2 & 4
- St. James Central Constituency
- Councilwoman Suzette Brown
- Councilman Sylvan Reid
- UWI Mona WJC
JAAC VP, Education Chair
“Improving Lives Today For A Better Tomorrow”