Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc.

The CARIBBEAN EDUCATION FOUNDATION, INC. (CEF) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States, dedicated to helping poor children receive meaningful access to quality education in the Caribbean. CEF awards scholarships to children who are unable to attend school, because families are unable to pay school fees and other required school related costs. Our Student Scholarships pay school fees, purchase text books, school supplies, uniforms, meals and transportation. The Caribbean Education Foundation is established on the principles in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN Declaration of Human Rights. CEF believes education is the cornerstone to choice and ...
Oct 17, 2014

Learning Best Practices - An Education Center Visit in Kingston, Jamaica

CEF President with a Student in the Center Library
CEF President with a Student in the Center Library

The Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) team recently traveled to Jamaica to assess best practices for the launch of our Learning & Technology Center.  As a result, the team conducted visits to an Education Center in an inner-city community in Kingston, Jamaica, somewhat similar to the Learning Center we will launch. 

We wanted to gain insight on the inner operations of the Education Center, meet with the children, parents and assess their experiences in utilizing the space.  In addition, the CEF team met with the Center Director and conducted in-depth interviews on its internal workings, which proved extremely insightful.

The Center consists of a Library, Homework Area, 2 Computer Labs, Classroom, Area for Art Projects such as Basket Weaving and Painting; and a large outdoor space for playing and activities.

We learned that the children used the space right after school to do homework, while other students received tutoring in subject areas in which they struggled.  The space was right next to an all age school, which provided a great convenience for both the children and a few teachers who volunteered tutoring services at the Center.  Likewise, due to the location, the clients at the Center ranged from small children to older students.  The Center made an impressive use of the space to help the entire community, not only children, as it also offered Reading and Literacy Classes to many adults in the evenings, after the children had gone home.

Overall, the Center seemed to be making a huge impact on the students who used the space and is helping to transform the community.

Although our CEF Learning & Technology Center will be different in several ways, as we will focus on high school students from ages 12-18 and emphasize technological skills development, our team gained invaluable knowledge from spending several hours at the Education Center, which we will implement when we open this year. 

We are very excited about our launch and you will be the first to know once everything is all set to open our center doors! 

Thank you very much for your continued support!  You make education of brilliant, poor children possible.

 

WAYS TO HELP:
1.  Please Make a Contribution and forward our update to your networks!
2.  Make a Recurring Donation
Students at the Center
Students at the Center's Computer Area
CEF President with Students in the Computer Area
CEF President with Students in the Computer Area
Student Making a Basket in Arts and Crafts Section
Student Making a Basket in Arts and Crafts Section
Student Making a Basket in Arts and Crafts Section
Student Making a Basket in Arts and Crafts Section
Center Volunteer from Germany and CEF President
Center Volunteer from Germany and CEF President
Aug 26, 2014

Meet Dania - A Future Cardiologist in Jamaica

Dania - CEF 2012 Scholarship Recipient
Dania - CEF 2012 Scholarship Recipient
Dania's goal is to become a Medical Doctor, a Cardiologist.  It looks like with her stellar grades at the Number One High School in Jamaica, Campion College, Dania is on her way.  Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) Scholarship Recipient, Dania simply needs to be able to continue with her education and excel. She is 13 years old and in 2nd Form (Grade 8).  She graduated from St. Peter Claver Primary School. Dania has been on CEF Paul Bogle Scholarship since 1st Form (Grade 7). In September 2014, Dania will be entering 3rd Form (Grade 9).

During the 2013-2014 school year, Dania received A's in 12 Subjects at Campion College in Kingston, Jamaica! 
"A" STUDENT:
Mathematics: A+
Spanish: A+
French: A
English Language: A+
English Literature: A
History: A+
Geography: A
Drama: A
Music: A
Art: A
Christian Living: A
Physical Education: A
Did we mention that Dania also had perfect attendance?  Due to your continued support, our scholarship recipients like Dania are able to attend high school daily. 
Dania lives in the inner-city community of Seaview Gardens with her mother and siblings.  Her mother is unemployed and unable to provide all the items required for high school attendance.  Dania wants to be able to focus on studying and continuing to excel, without worrying about finances to attend school.
CEF is supported by individual donations in order to award scholarships to brilliant, poor children like Dania, so they have access to quality education, opportunities to succeed and transform their own lives. CEF's scholarships pay school fees, text books, school supplies and transportation. Our goal is to give poor youths a fighting chance in the world! Visit CEF Project on Global Giving and make a contribution. THANK YOU for your support!
HOW DID OUR CEF SCHOLARS DO?
As you know, CEF receives Official Grade Reports for each scholarship recipient. The majority of CEF Scholars have remained "A" Students:
1.  Trevisa - Morant Bay High School - - A
2.  Sarah - Immaculate Conception High - -  A
3.  Tamia - Hampton High for Girls - - A
4.  Janet  - Morant Bay High - - A
5.  Shamarie - St. George's College - - A
6.  Janneil  - Immaculate Conception High - - A
7.  Dania - Campion College - - A
8.  Savena - Immaculate Conception High - - A
9.  Nicole - Wolmer's High for Girls - - A
10.  Daniellia - deCarteret College - - A
11.  Romilla - Ardenne High - - A
12.  Tahjay - Wolmer's High for Boys - - A
13.  Shanique - Wolmer's High for Girls - - A
14.  Danielle - St. Andrew High for Girls - - A
15.  Jada -  Campion College - - A

2014-2015 BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL CAMPAIGN:
CEF is gearing up to send our scholarship recipients back to high school in September 2014.  In order to do so, we need your continued financial support.  We hope you are able to assist us in sending every girl and boy back to high school.
WAYS TO HELP:
1.  Please Make a Contribution and forward our update to your networks!
2.  Adopt Dania and become a CEF Education Ambassador or Refer a Friend or Group!
Please adopt an individual student today, or refer someone to do so.  Your assistance will be invaluable. 
3.  Make a Recurring Donation
Make a recurring donation today on GlobalGiving! 
Thank you very much for your generosity!  You make education of brilliant, poor children possible. 

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Apr 21, 2014

Meet Ms. Tanya McLennon: CEF Student Operations Manager

CEF Student Operations Manager - Tanya McLennon
CEF Student Operations Manager - Tanya McLennon

The Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) would like to introduce you to one of our Education Champions, Ms. Tanya McLennon, CEF Student Operations Manager for Jamaica.

Ms. Tanya McLennon has exemplary served the Caribbean Education Foundation since January 2010 and entered her 4-year Anniversary in January 2014!  She is the Student Operations Manager for Jamaica - - the main liaison among the student scholarship recipients, their parents/guardians, the primary schools from which they graduate, and high schools they enter for the next education journey. 

Ms. McLennon explains the reasons she works with CEF, “It is wonderful to be a part of the Caribbean Education Foundation, because I witness daily how CEF is truly making a difference in each child’s education and the lives of poor children.  Without an education in Jamaica, you are going nowhere.  In order to get any job, including lower level, they require applicants to have passed subjects on the Caribbean Examinations.  Job notices say, applicants must have passed “5 CXC subjects”.  You cannot take CXC with without education and money to pay exam fees.  Education is critical to success in Jamaica and poor children need an opportunity.  CEF provides that opportunity.”

On any given day, you may find Ms. McLennon calling scholarship recipients to make sure they have everything required for high school; taking CEF Scholars to bookstores to purchase their textbooks and school supplies; meeting with high school bursars to ensure the school fees are paid; meeting with tutors to get assistance for a few students struggling in Math; conducting primary school tours; or meeting with Principals, Teachers, and Grade Six Coordinators on students' status with the CEF Paul Bogle Scholarship Applications; and more.  Wow!  Ms. McLennon does so much for CEF and the children!  Did we mention she is a Volunteer?

According to CEF's President & CEO, Nikiki Bogle, Esq., "Tanya McLennon is CEF's Education Champion in Jamaica.  Ms. McLennon does solid hard work with complete dedication; and always strives for excellence. She is invaluable to our student operations on the ground in Jamaica."

These are among the many reasons why CEF is very excited to have Ms. McLennon as the Learning Center Manager when we open our doors in 2014!  She is perfect for the position and up to the task.  The students love her and so do we!  CEF knows that the Learning Center will be in excellent hands.

On the Learning Center Management position, Ms. McLennon smiles and exclaims, “I am truly honoured!  The Learning Centre is a natural extension of what CEF already does to help educate poor children.  CEF Scholars will have access to technology, tutoring, and more, which is essential for success.  I am particularly excited, because I will get to spend more time with the children to help them.  I love the fact that CEF Scholars are bright, and simply need help to get their education.  Plus, they are so grateful for the assistance; and have been a joy to be around.”

Ms. McLennon explains why she has volunteered each year, for over 4 years with CEF:  “Service and giving your time is important.  You may not have the financial resources, but making the time to assist a life-changing cause is important to me.  CEF is changing children’s lives for the better and I am happy to be of service to help make this happen in Jamaica.” 

CEF is extremely grateful for the dedicated volunteers such as Ms. McLennon, and our wonderful supporters like you all, who are helping to make access to education a success for poor children!  We need your continued support to make our scholarship recipients attendance in high school a continuing reality for the 2014-2015 school year.

Thank you very much for your generosity!  You make our work possible. 

Ms. McLennon with CEF Scholarship Recipients 2013
Ms. McLennon with CEF Scholarship Recipients 2013
Ms. McLennon with Scholarship Recipients in 2010
Ms. McLennon with Scholarship Recipients in 2010
Ms. McLennon at CEF Primary School Tour in 2012
Ms. McLennon at CEF Primary School Tour in 2012

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