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The Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) has extended its programme beyond literacy training, and is now offering computer courses and training up to the high school level.
“We have introduced computer training; basic, intermediate and advanced, and that is for everybody,” said Manager for Public Relations and Marketing, Gerry McDaniel, noting that persons can also matriculate into the HEART Trust/ NTA programmes.
He told JIS News that a High School Equivalency Programme is also offered, which will enable persons to advance to the tertiary level. The equivalency programme, he explained, “is a compressed programme geared towards adults, which will take them from the point they are, to pass a Grade Seven test…and then to be taught five subjects – Literature and Culture in the Arts; Language and Communications; Mathematics; Science and Technology; and Society and Citizenship, so that they can function well.”
“So, it’s like the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) but they are geared towards adults, so we take them at that level and we hand them over to what is now equivalent to Grade 11, into a higher level of education,” he pointed out.
Mr. McDaniel also noted that participants in the JFLL programmes are encouraged to do things like plant kitchen gardens, rear pigs, and start their own businesses.
JFLL, formerly Jamaican Movement for the Advancement of Literacy (JAMAL) was founded in 1973 as a government-assisted initiative, aimed at addressing illiteracy in Jamaica. The name was changed in 2007 and the programme revamped to meet the changing needs of the population.
Larkland Williams, who benefitted from literacy training, has credited the programme for his current job as a tour guide with Caribic Vacations.
“I went there because I couldn’t read and write properly, so I decided to go there to improve on my reading skills. I went there and it was good and it was successful, and I wouldn’t be where I am today. When you cannot read and write properly, (it is as if) you are blind,” Mr. Williams said.
He has encouraged other persons to go and get help to read and write if they cannot do so. “Don’t be ashamed or afraid to go,” he urged.
Mr. McDaniel agreed, noting that it is never a shame to learn. “We have a learner in Portland, who is 72 years old and she is still learning. You have great value; just enhance that value by getting a little top up on the reading side. Be in touch with us, we have offices in different parish,” Mr. McDaniel informed.
Persons, who are interested in the JFLL’s programmes can call 928-5181-5, or visit the head office at 47B South Camp Road, Kingston or any of the regional offices.

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