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The Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), is planning to introduce the shift system, in order to increase the number of adults passing through its programmes to 25,000 over the next three years.
This was noted by Executive Director of the JFLL, Edward Shakes, at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, held on Wednesday (August 27).
“We have met with our management team and we have a new Board and we have decided that we really need to increase the number of persons who participate in our programme and so we are looking at 25,000 persons over the next three years as passing through our various offerings,” Mr. Shakes said.
“To do this, we need to restructure our learning centres themselves; we will be operating more on a shift basis, so that we have three groups of students attending each day, going from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.,” he added.
The Executive Director, said that four intake periods have been identified in September, January, April and June. “The idea is when adults tell you they are ready to learn, you can’t tell them to wait till September; they want to be attended to now, so we want to make that access as easy as possible to adults who want to learn,” he explained.
Other measures being taken to support the projected intake of adults, include the opening of new lifelong learning centres from the current 29; the provision of better quality service and improved facilities; and the recruitment of more volunteers.
Last year, 7,500 adults passed through the JFLL Literacy Programme and this year, Mr. Shakes in gearing for an increase to 12,000, representing an increase of 4,500 or 60 per cent over last year.
The JFLL is an agency of the Ministry of Education. It has as its core function, the provision of basic literacy and numeracy. Due to changing global demands, however, the organisation has moved into new product offerings, such as Computer Aided Literacy (Auto Skills), Computer Studies, Workplace Education Programme, and the High School Equivalency Programme.