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 ...
Apr 3, 2014

MEET ROMILLA: The Next Female Prime Minister of Jamaica

Romilla - - CEF 2013-2014 Scholarship Recipient
Romilla - - CEF 2013-2014 Scholarship Recipient

ROMILLA is 12 years old.  She is brilliant. She is poor.  Romilla's goal is to become Prime Minister of Jamaica. 

Romilla is one of hundreds of disadvantaged children who will benefit the CEF Learning & Technology Center for Youth when it opens in June 2014 in Kingston, Jamaica!  Romilla has no access to technology at home.  There is no computer or internet access.  At high school, there are a small number of computers, and students on Romilla's grade level do not have access.  With meaningful access to technology, we do not know if Romilla will continue on the path of politics or engage in technological endeavors as a profession.  It is very early and she is young, but either way, Romilla is determined to excel.  The latest Grade Report shows she is an "A" student in high school.


You may have previously seen our 25 Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) Scholarship recipients' photographs and names, and even read some of their biographies. But, you have not read their own hand-writings and see their reasoning and critical thinking skills. Romilla’s essay provides this insight.

Romilla is currently in Grade 7 at Ardenne High, a top public high school in Kingston, Jamaica. In 2013, Romilla was awarded a CEF Paul Bogle Scholarship for the 2013-2014 year, so that she could attend high school.  Public High school is NOT FREE in Jamaica. High School begins in Grade 7.   As an "A" student and "Prefect", in June 2013, Romilla graduated from St. Peter Claver Primary School, which is located in a rough inner-city neighborhood in Kingston.  Romilla's mother is a "working-poor" Seamstress, as she only earns $200 U.S. dollars per month, the minimum wage in Jamaica.  Public High school costs $1,500 U.S. dollars each year to attend.

The following Essay in attachment is 1 of 4 essays that Romilla wrote in her CEF Scholarship Application.

QUESTION: What do you want to be when you grow up? Why?

As you read in her essay, Romilla is critically thinking about professions that are in shortage in Jamaica; and where her skills could best help to develop the country.  In this vein, she aims to be Prime Minister, with an articulate and life-changing platform of access to free education for all.  It is evident that Romilla has a humanitarian heart and wants to use her gifts and opportunities to help others. 

There is an enormous shortage of people in technology in Jamaica, primarily due to a lack of exposure and access.  Once Romilla gains access, exposure and skills in technology through CEF Learning & Technology Center, the sky will be her limit.

Thank you for your generosity in helping Romilla and hundreds of poor children like her to have access to technology, and opportunities to transform their lives.  

Romilla
Romilla's Essay Answer

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Dec 19, 2013

Happy Holidays - CEF Awards $2.5 Million JA in Scholarships to 25 Children to attend High School

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND THANK YOU!

The Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. (CEF) has awarded its 2013 Paul Bogle Scholarships to 25 brilliant, poor children to attend high schools in Jamaica.  The Scholarships total $2.5 Million Jamaican dollars.

Paul Bogle Scholarships are awarded to qualified and talented children who graduated from Primary Schools and passed their exams to attend High Schools but are in financial need.  The Scholarships pay: school fees, text books, school supplies, lunch and transportation.

Caribbean Education Foundation maintains high standards for its scholarship recipients.  As is evidenced from the high caliber of students who are awarded Paul Bogle Scholarships, CEF Scholars are among the best and brightest; and attending Top High Schools throughout Jamaica.

CEF's President, Nikiki Bogle, explains why Paul Bogle Scholarships are important, “Public High Schools in Jamaica are NOT FREE.  It is a tremendous challenge for the working poor to provide the resources to send children to public high schools in Jamaica.  We cannot leave an entire population of brilliant children to a life sentence of poverty with no opportunity for progress.  Education will provide them with opportunities for success.” Read more

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CEF has added a New Video to our Project!  Please visit our Project Page and check it out.  Let us know what you think about it!  It features Paul Bogle Scholarship Recipient, Ravorn, who has been in our High School Program since 2010.

The funds you generously donated in 2013 to this Project helped to send 7 additional children to high school in Jamaica!  THANK YOU!  We had already provided 10 student scholarships, so our total would have been 17 children in school.  Due to additional generosity, CEF was able to send 8 more children to attend high school on partial scholarships for the semester.  This means we were only able to help these 8 children get through December 2013.  These 8 children still need our help to continue high school in January 2014!

CEF needs to raise the remaining funds and help our 8 additional children continue in high school and be fully funded with textbooks and transportation in January 2014.  We simply cannot abandon these brilliant children and leave them without meaningful access to education!  The following children still need funding to continue to attend high school in January 2014:  Ravorn, Romilla, Tahjay, Kamiela, Nicole, Andre, Dania and Janneil.

MEET JANNEILShe needs to get back to high school in January 2014

Janneil is one of the students who need help to continue high school in January 2014.  She is currently an "A" student at Immaculate Conception High School in Jamaica.  Janneil is 14 years old and in Grade 9.  Janneil was a top scholar throughout her education at St. Peter Claver Primary School. Her grades range from 90% to100%. Janneil earned high scores on the Grade Six Achievement (GSAT) in every subject, including 97% in Mathematics and 97% in Language Arts. She works hard to keep her grade average at an A or A+ and has a positive attitude. Janneil aspires to become a Criminal Lawyer.


   JANNEIL - CEF Paul Bogle Scholarship Recipient 2011-2013


Janneil lives in the inner city of Kingston 11 with her parents and 20 people. She is one of 10 children and her father lost his job. Her mother is working, but earns $16,000 JA ($186 U.S.) per month. There is severe financial strain on the family. Janneil did not know how she was going to pay school fee to attend shool or buy books to learn and do homework. She wants to be given an opportunity to succeed. This scholarship drives Janneil to improve her physical, mental and academic abilities.

Please help CEF help Janneil and the other 7 children by contributing and speading the word!!! 

READ LATEST SCHOLARSHIPS PRESS RELEASE!


Our CEF Paul Bogle Scholarship Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Altamont Court Hotel in New Kingston, Jamaica.  Please JOIN US if you are going to be in Jamaica!  Attendance is by Invitation Only and you are all invited.  Order Early Bird Tickets via Eventbrite:http://cefbanquet.eventbrite.com/?aff=efbevent

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MORE CEF UPDATES:

EXCITING NEWS!  CEF "Send a Poor Child to High School in Jamaica" Global Giving Project http://goto.gg/8694 has also been APPROVED for Microsoft's YouthSpark Initiative!!! Microsoft's YouthSpark opportunity is only available to GlobalGiving's Leaders and Superstars. Our project is now eligible for various YouthSpark funding opportunities, including Gap Inc., Hilton Honors and Your Cause.  Big Thank You to Global Giving and Microsoft!

AMAZON SMILE:  Do you, your family, or friends shop on Amazon? If so, shop through the recently launched AmazonSmile and select Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. as the beneficiary charity! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Caribbean Education Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know! Same products, same prices, same service. Support your CEF by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8816602

EBAY:  Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. is now registered with EBay Giving Works!  If you shop or sell items through Ebay, please select CEF.  Read more...

On December 7, 2013, CEF President, Nikiki Bogle, Esq. was the KEYNOTE SPEAKER for Boston J.U.M.P. (Jamaica United Mission for Progress) 6th Anniversary Gala in Boston! Boston JUMP is a wonderful charity that helps needy children in Boston and Jamaica in early childhood education. JUMP also sponsored a child for the Caribbean Education Foundation Paul Bogle Scholarship in 2012.  It was an HONOR and PLEASURE for Ms. Bogle to speak with 350+ of JUMP's supporters.  Boston JUMP is helping to change the world.  When you give a poor child access to education, you are opening doors for opportunities and success! You are giving that child a LIFE.

In October 2013, CEF President, Nikiki Bogle, Esq. was named a "Jamaican Hero and Role Model" by Page One Newspaper!  Read more...

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Please make a Year-End tax-deductible GIFT to CEF and/or donate in honor of a loved one!  We need your help to contribute and spead the word!!! 

Thank you very much for your generosity!  You have made the education of brilliant, poor children possible.  You are helping to change the world.

Have a wonderful holiday season with your family!  Our CEF Team wishes you all the best in the New Year when it arrives.

Best Wishes,

Nikiki.

 

Nikiki T. Bogle, Esq.

President & CEO

Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc.

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Dec 2, 2013

Meet CEF Student Operations Manager: Ms. Tanya McLennon

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

As the Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) gears up for the much-anticipated opening of our Learning Center, we 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 is entering 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 almost 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 the CEF Learning Center a success for our children!  We need your continued support to make the Learning Center a reality in 2014.

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

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
Ms. McLennon with CEF Scholarship Recipients 2013
Ms. McLennon with CEF Scholarship Recipients 2013

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