77 learners in the Majesty Gardens Community Education Development Programme have successfully graduated from various levels of the JFLL High School Diploma Equivalency (HSDE) programme and proved themselves ready for work and further training and education. The programme arose from an initiative of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, to advance the educational status of citizens of the Majesty Gardens community in her constituency.
The HSDE programme delivered through the MGCEDP has already reaped its designed benefits for 8 learners who have secured employment and facilitated another 17 who have been successful at the HEART NTA entrance examination, paving the way to skills training opportunities.
Sponsored by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) through its Community Renewal Programme (CRP), the Citizens Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) the J$15.1M education project was executed by the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL). It targeted 150 adult learners for interventions at the basic, intermediate and proficiency levels of the HSDE.
The graduation ceremony at the Knutsford court hotel on July 8, 2015 featured 33 graduates from the HSDE basic (grades 1-6) level, 20 at the Intermediate (grades 7-9) level and 24 from the HSDE Proficiency (grades 10-11) level. 24 of the learners are currently awaiting the result of their CSEC examinations done in May-June 2015. It is anticipated they will build on the success of the 2014 cohort that secured 6 passes of 12 candidates at CSEC Mathematics and 4 passes of 7 candidates at CSEC English.
“This programme is a clear and shining example of JFLL’s strategic thrust to invigorate adult education through partnerships with communities, Members of Parliament, Councillors, NGOs or companies” stated JFLL Executive Director Worrel Hibbert. He went on to explain that the MGCEDP was in fact a customised programme designed to suit the needs of the participants and the sponsoring project and because of its flexible design could be made to fit any community or corporate need.
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.”