We align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
According to the U.N., over 600 million children lack minimum proficiency in reading and math, while 700 million adults remain illiterate. Specifically in Jamaica, access to advanced schooling and adult illiteracy have been ongoing challenges, though both have improved over time.
Education provides a path to independence and self-sustainability. From early education to University, and from learning life skills to gaining topical knowledge, knowledge widens opportunities for those inside, and outside, the classroom.
Our Relevant Education program supports students, teachers and schools in rural Jamaica, and offers merit-based scholarships for higher learning and for workshops in entrepreneurship and other job skills.
Program Highlights: 2013-2020
- Bluefields Basic School Sustainability: (Donors to this program are helping to “fill the gap” while the School works to become self-sustainable.)
- The School provides the youngest members of the Bluefields, Jamaica community with access to early childhood education, including art, science, numbers, physical, and social skills.
- Total Project Funding: $2,080
- Higher Learning Scholarships:
- Awarded to four accomplished scholars who have attended and graduated from Nursing School, Cosmetology School and the University of West Indies.
- Total Project Funding: $2,000
- Other “Relevant Education” Projects:
- Renovations of the Community Center’s workshop space (2013)
- Refurbishment of the mangrove educational boardwalk (2015)
- In-kind donations of school and teacher supplies to the Bluefields Basic School
TOUR THE PROJECTS
The Bluefields Basic School provides early education to the youngest community members, and is moving towards being self-sustainable with the addition of rainwater catchment, solar power, and more.
The new boardwalk is used to host people of all ages to learn about the importance of the mangroves to the ecosystem, and why it’s important to care for and protect the environment.