JFLL received a major boost from the Digicel Foundation and the Camara Foundation recently with the donation of 277 computers to be used in the classroom at all of the JFLL's sites.

During a press launch on September 29, 2011 Digicel Foundation Chairman Mrs. Lisa Lewis took the opportunity to affirm its commitment to the Jamaican education sector highlighting that this contribution was a strong complement to its efforts in establishing enrichment Centres in formal primary schools.

Her sentiments were underscored by Digicel CEO Mark Linehan who highlighted the positive impacts Digicel had made on the lives of over 2 million people and its desire to serve many more.

The donation is also due in large part to the opportunity presented by the establishment in Jamaica of the Camara Foundation that pairs the concepts of recycling computers and skills training for a mostly volunteer workforce to recycle and support the computers. The units are distributed at very low cost to educational facilities. In Jamaica, the Digicel Foundation and Camara have partnered to provide this facility beginning with the JFLL.

Camara Jamaica CEO Karl Gaynor pointed out that in sourcing and recycling the computers for schools, Camara trained volunteers as computer technicians effectively teaching them a skill.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Mrs. Audrey Sewell took the opportunity to commend the Digicel Foundation on its donation for recognising the importance of literacy and numeracy to the development of the country.

In recognising the efforts of the Digicel Foundation and the Camara Foundation Dr. Alison Cross, Executive Director of the JFLL lauded them for their donation and pointed out that with Literacy and workforce certification rates at 86% and 30% respectively the partnership would go a far way in providing the foundation literacies for learners to become productive in support of Vision 2030. She struck a chord with the audience as she pointed out that the computers and e-learning methodologies would also assist learners in developing critical thinking skills.

She also highlighted that the computers would strengthen the JFLL’s work to achieve Vision 2030 National Development Goals in primary and secondary adult literacy.

Photos: JFLL Partners With NCDA and US Embassy

Students at the JFLL Spanish Town AEC are guided by their teacher Mr. Omar Campbell as they engage in computer based learning


L-R Mark Linehan - CEO, Digicel; Lisa Lewis - Chairman Digicel Foundation; Audrey Sewell - Permanent Secretary, MOE; Dr. Alison Cross - Executive Director, JFLL and Karl Gaynor - CEO, Camara Jamaica watch as Camara volunteers from Penwood High demonstrate some of the computers being donated by Digicel

The Daily Gleaner
Published: Saturday | December 4, 2010

FIFTY-ONE graduates from a capacity-building programme run by bauxite company Jamalco were challenged to use their newly acquired literacy and numeracy skills to empower themselves and serve their communities.

The challenge came from executive director of the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), Dr Alison Cross, who was guest speaker at the project's first graduation ceremony held recently at the Halse Hall Great House in Clarendon.

"Use your literacy to solve problems. We are all on a journey of lifelong learning, so move on to other areas and encourage others who cannot read and write to participate in this journey," said Dr Cross.

The graduates have completed level three in phase one of the project, funded by the Alcoa Foundation through Jamalco with US$110,000 over a two-year period. The objective is to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of some 180 residents in six communities located in the bauxite/alumina company's mining operations area in Clarendon and South Manchester. The project is being implemented by the JFLL.

Valedictorian Donnette Graham of Mount Airy in Clarendon, said she was happy to graduate from the programme, noting that the graduates had been given another opportunity to unlock the mysteries of the world by reading and discovering things for themselves.

Phase one of the project was implemented in Mount Airy and Ashley in Mocho, Clarendon, and in Farm, Manningsfield, Broadleaf and Harmons in south Manchester. Phase Two of the project is to be rolled out in six other communities in Mocho, Clarendon, and in south Manchester soon.

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 them… 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."

THE United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has partnered with the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) to train teachers of adult learners in literacy and numeracy.

The in-service teacher training is being delivered islandwide under the 'Enhancing outcomes for trainers of adult learners' project, which kicked off at the Altamont Court Hotel in Kingston on October 28.

DALEY SUTHERLAND... these teachers show open approval for all the training techniques shared


Speaking during the Observer's weekly Monday Exchange on July 19, Robert Parua, programme specialist in education with UNESCO's Kingston Cluster, revealed that his agency intended to focus on "improving the quality of teacher training, both pre-service and in service, in other words, those already in the classroom and those entering".

He also noted at the time that the main goals of his office included:

* the achievement of a 50 per cent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015;

* equitable access to basic and continuing education for all adults; and

* improving all aspects of the quality of education so that recognised and measurable learning outcomes are achieved by all, especially in literacy, numeracy and essential life skills.

It was against this background that the training workshops were born.

"This project focuses on best practices in demonstrated methodologies and the importance of linking and extending content in the learning material, making it relevant to the lives and livelihoods of the youth and adult learners," said JFLL executive director, Dr Alison Cross.

"The overarching goal is to clearly contribute to outcome 2 of Jamaica's Vision 2030 plan, that 'by 2030, Jamaicans are empowered to achieve their fullest potential, and envisions the development of a 'world-class education and training system'. This is not possible unless we aggressively step up the drive to boost the national literacy rate," she added.

Modules include personal reflection and attitude, psychology of adult learning, skills of collaboration and the delivery of the curriculum for the foundation lessons in English, numeracy and survival (LENS) programme.

Anchored in the 'quality' section of UNESCO's international agenda for adult education, the guiding document, the Belem Framework for Action, which was tabled, fine tuned and adopted at the sixth global conference on adult education (Confintea VI), in December 2009 in Bélém, Brazil, it is also aligned with Jamaica's national education strategic plan for 2010 to 2016.

"It also represents partial fulfilment of the commitment given by former JFLL board chair Senator Hyacinth Bennett just over a year ago, to develop and execute a comprehensive programme of skills upgrading for teachers in the adult education sub-sector," said a release from the JFLL. "Speaking then at a long service awards function for JFLL teachers, Bennett lamented the falling standards within the country, suggesting that as a main part of the solution, 'We need a new breed of educators'. She also challenged the JFLL teachers to "ensure that you are on the cutting edge. Forget the old notions of talk and chalk, get on the Internet, challenge your charges by stimulating them in new ways. You must do everything within your power to impact the students across the country and so empower them to play a more active role in nation building."

The current project, which will unfold in several stages on a regional basis, has been funded to the tune of $500,000 over five weeks.

"By the end of (this) month, this project will have had an immediate impact on the approximately 7,000 youth and adult learners enrolled in JFLL centres across the island, with a residual multiplier effect of approximately 100 per cent within a 12-month period, thereby reducing attrition," noted Sandra Prince, director of technical services at the JFLL.

Chief facilitator and JFLL's workplace and community projects co-ordinator, Reverend Miranda Daley Sutherland expressed satisfaction with the level of engagement displayed by the first cohort of participants.

"These teachers show open approval for all the training techniques shared and have glowing testimonies of how this workshop is likely to contribute to improved curriculum delivery," she said.

She argued that already the teachers have become more aware of the need to address the social and personal development of youth and adult learners as they move through the various levels to functional literacy.

Workshop participant Alwyn Reid agreed.

"I found the two-day seminar (held October 28 and 29) interesting and enlightening. It certainly gave me a lot to think about, even after delivering foundation literacy classes for some time," said the St Catherine educator.

"I now feel more empowered to go back and try different things in the classroom. More teacher training seminars should incorporate at least one practicum like this one did; it allowed us to test the strategies within 24 hours of discussion, and that was priceless," he added.

Twenty-five teachers participated in the two-day event. They included instructors in the Foundation LENS and computer application software for empowerment programmes from St Catherine, St Thomas and Kingston and St Andrew. The remaining two-day workshops will be held on four successive Thursday/Friday cycles until the end of this month.

The Daily Gleaner
Published: Wednesday | December 1, 2010

Graduates of the Documentation Skills Project, being implemented by the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), have been urged to use their newly acquired skills to empower themselves to better serve their communities.

"Use your literacy to solve problems. We are all on a journey of lifelong learning, so move on to other areas and encourage others who cannot read and write to participate in this journey," said executive director of the JFLL, Dr Alison Cross.

She was speaking at the graduation and awards ceremony held recently at Halse Hall Great House in Clarendon. Fifty-one trainees who successfully completed Level Three tests under Phase One of the project participated.

The US$110,000 Documentation Skills Project, which is being funded by Alcoa Foundation through Jamalco, aims to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of some 180 residents in six communities located in Jamalco operations area in Clarendon and south Manchester. It is being implemented by the JFLL over a two-year period.

Key to the future

Leo Lambert, Jamalco's manager for corporate services and government affairs, told the graduates that they now have "the key to unlock the door to a greater future.

"If you are going to be masters of your own destiny, you need tools, including education. You cannot be educated without literacy and numeracy," he said, while congratulating the tutors for committing their time and energy to the project.

Class valedictorian Donnette Graham of Mount Airy, Clarendon, said it was a "glorious day" to graduate.

"We have been given another opportunity to unlock the mysteries of this world by reading and discovering things for ourselves," she said.

Nardia Williamson from the community of Farm, south Manchester, who gave the vote of thanks, praised the Alcoa Foundation, Jamalco and the JFLL for organising "this empowering programme".

Phase one of the project was implemented in Mount Airy and Ashley in Mocho, Clarendon; and in Farm, Manningsfield, Broadleaf and Harmons in south Manchester.

Phase Two will be rolled out in six other communities in the two parishes shortly.