Progress and distribution so far
Tablets distributed on the week of October 19th:
- Maxfield Park Primary, Kingston
- St. Ann's Bay Primary (St. Ann)
Tablets to be distributed this week:
- Black River Primary (St. Elizabeth)
- Watsonton Primary (Clarendon)
- Anchovy Primary (St. James)
Double the Impact
Two Hundred (200) devices will be distributed in October to students constrained by the absence of classroom learning; four (4) schools; fifty (50) students at each. There are 890 primary schools across the island. We need to double the donation so that students most in need across the island will continue learning.
Every $160 raised will buy a tablet for a child in need.
Bridge the gap
The pandemic forced teachers and students into distance learning. The new school year in October 2020, starts a combination of learning approaches. Teachers and students will work in a virtual environment, students remaining at home accessing the Ministry of Education cloud based learning management system online, i.e., textbooks and mobile learning tools.
Families often share one device per household. The needs outpace resources. Let us stop the perpetual gap in literacy in Jamaica. Education is the tool to break the poverty cycle and create opportunities to move up the socioeconomic ladder.
The American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) has partnered with the Seprod Foundation, part of the Musson Group, endorsed by the Ministry of Education to identify schools and students in need of tablets across the island. The campaign aims to raise U$35,000 to provide digital tablets for students across the island.
Criteria for Schools/Students
• PATH Students in Grades 4-6
• Approximately 10 schools with a geographical spread
• Schools with the highest proportion of PATH students
• Textbook content compatible with the national standard set out by the MOE
About the AFJ
The AFJ is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting Jamaican charitable organizations and social initiatives working to improve the lives of Jamaicans through systemic development in the areas of education, healthcare and economic development.
Founded in 1982 by a handful of Jamaicans and Americans who loved Jamaica and wanted to see it prosper, the organization has created a legacy of philanthropy dedicated to the people of Jamaica, raising over U$14 million to date on behalf of Jamaica’s non-profit and charitable organizations.
The American Friends of Jamaica seeks to improve the lives of Jamaicans by supporting initiatives that advance self-sufficiency, promote healthy communities and strengthen the nation.
About Seprod Foundation
Since inception in 2014, Seprod Foundation has played a significant role in bringing innovative learning experiences to children in Jamaica. Major projects include the World Robot Olympiad, the Hour of Code, Jamaican Girls Coding, Scratch Day and professional development opportunities for teachers in technology.
Seprod Foundation provides scholarships to PEP students and agricultural students at the tertiary level at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) each year.
Disclaimer: Some photos were taken pre-COVID19; others taken during COVID19 are in accordance with government guidelines.