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Some $12 million has been allocated to the Improved Education of Targeted Jamaican Youth Project, which falls under the Ministry of Education and Youth.
This is contained in the 2006/2007 Estimates of Expenditure, which was tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday (April 12), by Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. Omar Davies.
The Improved Education of Targeted Jamaican Youth Project aims to improve literacy and numeracy in targeted schools, enhance the quality of interventions for out-of-school youth, and increase stakeholder support.
Among its targets are to develop materials to address the needs of students from grades one to four in 72 selected primary schools, install reading laboratories in five secondary schools, develop materials and specialised interventions to remedy deficiencies detected in children entering grade one, and also train teachers in promoting critical thinking skills and interactive methods.
In the current financial year, the project will seek to refurbish and staff a project implementation unit; complete needs assessment and analysis for five schools; undertake preparatory work in respect of 72 selected primary schools; complete a project implementation plan and obtain the relevant approvals; and select and train resource specialists in support of literacy and numeracy activities. The project began in December 2005 and is scheduled to run until September 2009. It is funded by the United States Agency for International Development and the Jamaican government.