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 ...
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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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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