Ministry of Education Press Conference August 13, 2015
JFLL Makes Bold Strides in Adult Education
While the Jamaican Education system has made tremendous steps forward over the years and our educators have to be commended, there are still gaps in our national education fabric. While some would want to call them problems, I see them as opportunities and from the mandate given to the JFLL by Hon. Minister Thwaites; I believe he feels the same way.
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 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.
The paths to success for nations, communities and individuals are as varied as their geographies, governance and personalities. Some take the paths dictated by circumstances, or simply follow tradition. But others, enlightened and empowered by knowledge gained from the attentions of an educator in a classroom, fancy, simple or perhaps under a tree; create new paths to success.
The Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning and the Truth Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church of Jamaica have launched a significant adult education initiative with the opening of an Adult Literacy Centre in Portmore.
Launched by Education Minister The Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites on March 1 the centre will cater to up to 300 adults and youth per year in the Cumberland and wider Portmore communities.