The Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning was the happy beneficiary of the Rotary Club's principle of community service on November 10, 2011 when Mrs. Andrea Sweeney, President of the Rotary Club of Downtown Kingston took the opportunity to make a donation of books, including dictionaries to the JFLL. Accompanied by Major Keith Graham, Chairman of the club's Community Service Committee, Mrs. Sweeney made the presentation to Dr. Alison Cross, Executive Director of the JFLL in a brief ceremony at the JFLL Kingston and St. Andrew (KSA) Parish office.
Mrs. Sweeney acknowledged the JFLL's long history of providing literacy and numeracy solutions to youth and adults in communities across Jamaica and downtown Kingston in particular. She stated the Rotary Club of Downtown Kingston considered the donation an important one as part of its contribution to the development of downtown Kingston in particular and Jamaica as whole.
In thanking the Rotary Club Dr. Cross noted the books were an excellent complement to the student's literacy programme. "As we work to support the first Vision 2030 National Goal to Empower Jamaicans to Achieve their Fullest Potential through education, these books will empower our students to maximize the education we afford themâ€¦ They will have another tool to make the next step in their personal and professional development."
Dr. Cross's remarks were echoed by the JFLL stakeholders on hand including staff and students and Ms. Sandra Prince JFLL Director of Technical Services who noted "This donation ties in perfectly with our recent facilities improvement at the KSA main Adult Education Centre (AEC) and Parish office and will be a great complement to JFLL's newest addition to our suite of programmes, the JFLL Secondary Programme which takes learners from grade 7 through the grade 11 levels in English and Mathematics. This is an exciting time for the JFLL!"
The books and dictionaries will be made available in the both in the classrooms to enhance the teaching /learning process and in the Reading Room at the KSA for the use of the students of the centre and those visiting from the other 5 Corporate Area centres.
The Rotary Club of Downtown Kingston meets on Wednesdays at the Wyndham New Kingston at 1:00pm - 2:00pm. One of the critical focus areas of the Rotary Club is to foster the development of literacy.
The JFLL is an agency of the Ministry of Education and is charged with the execution of adult and youth learning and lifelong learning interventions from basic literacy to the secondary level in its own AECs and in support of the Steps to Work, SYEAT, Career Advancement Programme (CAP) and Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) programmes. The JFLL operates over 30 learning centres across Jamaica living up to its motto "Changing Lives Forever."