The Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning and the Spring Village Development Foundation and Training Institute have signed a Memorandum of understanding to bring the JFLL’s High School Diploma Equivalency programme to the Spring Village, St. Catherine Community.
The new partnership will enable the community to access the HSDE programme beginning almost immediately with 30 Spring Village Training Institute (SVTI) trainees wishing to access the HSDE to sharpen their basic and intermediate literacy skills to advance the skills training they are currently undertaking.
According to JFLL Executive Director Worrell Hibbert “Partnerships are vital to JFLL securing the educational goals set by the Hon. Minister of Education… We don’t have the resources to reach everywhere we are needed. But other people are already there; we are seeking them out to build a bigger network of educational partners.”
In welcoming the SVTI to the JFLL’s team of Volunteer Adult Learning Centres, JFLL Executive Director Worrell Hibbert commended them for their efforts and added “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the SVTI. As a part of the support of this new partner we will be forming a joint committee to ensure the smooth execution of the project, pooling our joint expertise to serve the Spring Village and surrounding communities.”
The partnership will see JFLL making its curriculum, teacher training and other capabilities to SVTI. This will create a second chance to education and training for many of the area’s youth who did not excel in the formal school systems.
Mrs. Michelle Desgouttes, Principal of the SVTI noted that Spring Village is equally excited and looking forward to the JFLL intervention as it supports the Foundation’s commitment to people and development
The JFLL is an agency of the Ministry of Education and is charged with the execution of lifelong learning interventions for adult and youth from basic literacy to the secondary level. The JFLL operates over 27 education centres across Jamaica thereby living up to its motto “Lifelong Learning for Lifelong Opportunities.”