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Some 32 students from the May Day High School in Manchester were presented with certificates on August 22, for participating in a summer programme run by TEACH Caribbean, a group of Jamaican Rhodes Scholars, who graduated from Oxford University in the United Kingdom (UK).
The programme, which began in 2006, is called Jamaica Math Science and English Project (JaMSE). It seeks to improve quality education offered by non-traditional high schools in rural areas, using innovative methods and curricula, taught by graduates from the British university.
Mathematics teacher at May Day High School, Earl Lillie, said the summer programme has helped the students, as their proficiency in the subjects has improved.
“We are grateful to the partners and the teachers, and the feedback that I am getting is that the students’ marks in Mathematics, Science and English, have increased significantly during the summer programme. With this success in mind, it is hoped that the programme will be extended to schools throughout Jamaica. The entire May Day family says thanks to all who made it possible for our students to benefit from this wonderful programme,” Mr. Lillie said, at the presentation ceremony.
President of TEACH Caribbean, Mariame McIntosh, told the gathering that she has gained from the country and wanted to give back, hence the formation of her group. “All that I am, and what I have become, really started in my formative years in Jamaica,” she said.
Miss McIntosh said the programme is making strides, based on reports from the schools. “Students, please continue to be as engaged as you are, continue to perform and one day you might be here talking to others on how you have been helped by this programme,” she said.
In his greetings, Member of Parliament for Central Manchester, Peter Bunting, noted that the initiative has encouraged him, and he would be providing support from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
“This programme encourages me to continue some of the work that I do as Member of Parliament. And it reinforces a point that must be made over and over, that the fact that one is from humble beginnings, should not be a hindrance to them excelling in a chosen field, and with you as students being exposed to the best minds in the world, and with you making the best of the knowledge imparted here, Jamaica will continue to shine on the world stage,” Mr. Bunting said.
Meanwhile, Janet Jobson, a teacher with this year’s programme, said the four-week experience in Jamaica was rewarding, “We go home each day feeling very inspired after we review the work of our students and the experience was rewarding,” she said.
Local sponsors of the programme included, GraceKennedy Foundation, Windalco and Jamalco.