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    Assistant Deputy Chief Education Officer, Dr. Clover Hamilton-Flowers (centre), accepts a book from Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney (second right), at the handover of equipment to 17 learning institutions that are benefiting from the current phase of a $40-million literacy and numeracy project sponsored by the agency. Sharing the moment (from left) are Principal of Roehampton Primary School, Dane Julius; Numeracy and Literacy Specialist at the North Street Primary School, Jodi-Ann McKoy; and Bindley Sangster, who is Senior Advisor to Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mike Henry. The ceremony took place at JSIF, Oxford Road, recently.
    Photo: Yhomo Hutchinson

    Story Highlights

    • The teaching of numeracy and literacy is to be advanced in a number of schools across the island, following a $40-million project sponsored by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).
    • With funds provided under the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), supported by a loan from the World Bank, the project seeks to improve educational outcomes and the physical environment of 17 targeted schools, covering over 3,500 students.
    • Numeracy and Literacy Specialist at the St. Ann-based Steer Town Primary and Infant School, Nelesia McLean, who was among 51 teachers who had their skills upgraded during a series of workshops, says the initiative empowered the teachers to focus on the backgrounds of all students, and to help in the creation of “learning environments where all students feel valued and have equal access to learn”.

    The teaching of numeracy and literacy is to be advanced in a number of schools across the island, following a $40-million project sponsored by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).

    With funds provided under the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), supported by a loan from the World Bank, the project seeks to improve educational outcomes and the physical environment of 17 targeted schools, covering over 3,500 students.

    Numeracy and Literacy Specialist at the St. Ann-based Steer Town Primary and Infant School, Nelesia McLean, who was among 51 teachers who had their skills upgraded during a series of workshops, says the initiative empowered the teachers to focus on the backgrounds of all students, and to help in the creation of “learning environments where all students feel valued and have equal access to learn”.

    Mrs. McLean tells JIS News that the participants’ teaching skills have been improved, and that should impact the academic performance of their students.

    Numeracy and Literacy Specialist at the St. Ann-based Steer Town Primary and Infant School, Nelesia McLean, addresses the recent handover ceremony for equipment and other learning materials to the 17 learning institutions involved in a $40-million literacy and numeracy project, sponsored by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The event was held at JSIF, Oxford Road in St. Andrew.

     

    “My awareness has been raised considerably, and I am now ready more than ever to take it to my students. The training helped us as teachers to be more tolerant when dealing with diverse needs of their students,” she says.

    Mrs. McLean was present at the recent handover of teaching materials, including books and electronic gadgets, to the 17 learning institutions that are benefiting from the current phase of the project, at JSIF’s Oxford Road offices in Kingston.

    She tells JIS News that the teaching equipment came at the “right time”, as this will assist students to learn in “many different ways”.

    “I am grateful for the intervention, and I intend to empower all my colleagues. I also want to extend my gratitude to JSIF. These techniques will help me greatly,” Mrs. McLean adds.

    In 2017, the agency approved the Youth and Recreation Cycle 3 Project, to provide support to education and recreational activities within schools, with the aim of improving academic performance and general youth development.

    The numeracy and literacy component aims to support initiatives that the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has developed and implemented.

    The beneficiary schools are in St. James, Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, and St. Ann.

    Support to the schools includes the establishment of literacy and numeracy resource rooms, provision of technical training for teachers, literacy and numeracy books, teaching aids, and other educational resources.

    The project is in support of the Government’s thrust for world-class education and training to its citizens, as outlined in the Vision 2030 document (Outcome Number 2), by strengthening the capacity of schools to deliver quality education and support services of the highest quality.

    For his part, Principal of the St. James-based Bickersteth Primary and Infant School, Robert Gordon, says the teachers who participated in the recent training have “benefited immensely”.

    Principal of the St. James-based Bickersteth Primary and Infant School, Robert Gordon, addresses the recent handover ceremony for equipment and other learning materials to the 17 learning institutions involved in a $40-million literacy and numeracy project, sponsored by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The event was held at JSIF, Oxford Road in St. Andrew.

     

    “The teaching materials are some of the tools that we need to transform education in this student-centred era. In the shortest possible time, we will see the benefits of using these teaching aids,” he says.

    Meanwhile, Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney, says schools under the project are being rehabilitated, with classrooms being refurnished and equipped.

    “New skills are being added, and we are sending a signal that this is the way we want to approach the education of our children,” he says.

    For Assistant Deputy Chief Education Officer, Dr. Clover Hamilton-Flowers, “this is a great contribution to support the curriculum, as capacity building of teachers is necessary for improved outcomes”.

    Other schools involved in the project are: Lethe All-Age, Roehampton Primary, Granville All-Age, Barrett Town All-Age, St. Albans Primary, St. Anne’s Primary, Chetolah Park Primary, North Street Primary, Trench Town Primary, Boy’s Town All-Age, Maxfield Park Primary, Greenwich Town All-Age, Eltham Primary, Treadlight Primary, and York Town Primary.