Our Education portfolio is aligned with the United Nations social development goal to ensure that all girls and boys can access free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education.
Through a partnership with Jamaica’s Early Childhood Commission, we have renovated six early childhood institutions. This was done with the aim of getting each institution certified with the Government – ensuring that each meets the Government’s health and safety standards – making each eligible for Government funding.
In addition to our work in early childhood, we’ve renovated 13 science labs and donated 42 mobile science labs for high schools. This drive to promote STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) is inspired by the Government of Jamaica’s Vision 2030 to have secondary students graduate with a vocational skill and proficiency in English Language, a foreign language, Mathematics, a science subject and Information Technology.
In FY 2021-2022, we supported one major primary school renovation in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and the Early Childhood Commission: Lucea Infant School - our first early childhood renovation in Hanover. We also made launched a new partnership to improve digital literacy in schools through the Amber Coding In Schools programme. This project will be supported by our continued STEAM initiative, which will see us focused on creating 10 ICT rooms in primary schools by 2024. We completed the first two ICT rooms in April 2022 at Harry Watch Primary in Manchester and Anchovy Primary in St. James.