Hon. Rev Ronald Thwaites, Minister of Education addresses the openingThe Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) has seen a @J$3.9M upgrade to its Savanna-la-Mar, Westmorland Adult Education Centre (AEC). Executed as part of a three parish project with its key partner, the Sugar Transformation Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and Funded by the European Union.

Officially opened on January 8, 2016 by the Minister of Education the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, the State Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries the Hon Luther Buchanan, and the EU Ambassador Paola Amadei the Savanna-la-Mar component of the project saw the construction of three new classrooms, the refurbishing of a computer lab and installation of 11 computers and related equipment to provide internet access.

The JFLL/STU project is intended to support the strengthening of the social resilience, economic diversification and environmental sustainability of sugar dependent areas by enabling JFLL to build the academic competencies of adult learners in underserved communities through its High School Diploma (HSDE) programme for youth and adults 17 years and above. In Westmoreland the areas to be served will include the Frome estates and other sugar producing parts of the parish.

The HSDE programme is designed to enable adults to enter at their level, irrespective of their educational or life history and advance themselves to becoming a high school graduate with 5 CSEC subjects including English Language and Mathematics. This opens many lucrative choices to them including pursuing HEART/NTA certification or tertiary degrees.

The JFLL/STU partnership also includes a completed project in Trelawny that saw the outfitting of a JFLL satellite AEC with two classrooms and a computer lab at the Clarks Town branch library; and a similar project in Hanover, currently underway.

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.”