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 ...
Sep 5, 2012

Seeking Space to Host the Learning Center

Caribbean Education Foundation
Caribbean Education Foundation

Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) is urgently seeking space to host our Children Learning & Technology Center in Kingston.  Our team have been looking at some central locations, because CEF will serve hundreds of students coming from various schools throughout Kingston and St. Andrew with this first Learning Center.  Thus far, we find that Half-Way Tree or Cross Roads areas are good locations, because children would not have to travel too far to get there.  CEF understands the urgency and ned to begin the center as soon as possible.  Of course, without good space, we are unable to begin the process.

A number of our scholarship recipients are having difficulty with their homework assignments due to the lack of computers and ability to print.  As a result, their grades suffer.  For example, Rav has not been able to turn in his homework assignments on time, because his family does not have a printer at home.  In addition, the family does not have funds to pay for printing at the local internet cafe.  Printing at these facilities cost money that poor children do not possess.  Therefore, Rav is losing important homework marks, which is affecting his grades.

On the good news front, CEF has some commitments to provide computers for our Learning Center and we are extremely grateful.  However, we need more support in that area as well.

We expect to locate a suitable space very soon and will update you once it happens.  Please continue to support our initiative by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Learning Center today!  Thank you for your assistance.

Sep 5, 2012

How CEF Scholars Did in School

CEF Paul Bogle Scholarship Recipients
CEF Paul Bogle Scholarship Recipients

CEF Scholars continue to excel!

As the Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) start a new school year and our nonprofit seeks to ensure that all current scholars are able to continue their high school education for 2012-2013 school year, we thought you should know how they fared last year.

CEF received all the completed Grade Reports for our 12 students on Paul Bogle Scholarship.  We are excited to announce that all CEF Scholars did exceptionally well in high school!  Specifically 10 out of 12 remain "A" students:  Trevisa, Ashauni, Savena, Janneil, Curtis, Janet, Sarah, Tamia, Coya and Garth.  A number of students have perfect attendance records.  Two of the students are Number One in their class:  Trevisa is Number One for all students in Grade 8 at Morant Bay High School.  Ashauni is Number One in Grade 7 at Wolmer's High for Boys.

New Applicants:

Each year as school approaches and the CEF Scholarship Committee pours over tons of our Paul Bogle Scholarship applications, we are continually struck by how brilliant these children are!  We also get disheartened, because CEF's resources are severely limited and only a handful of the deserving will receive a scholarship. It is sad and heartbreaking...

Meet Shakar:  12 years old

In one of his essays, Shakar writes:

"I am qualified to receive a scholarship because I am hardworking, humble, dedicated and a determined individual.  After working so hard to pass my G.S.A.T. examination it finally pays off.  I am excited about going to the school of my choice, as I am closer in my career path to become a Civil Engineer.

I am qualified for this scholarship because of the hardship faced by my mother sending me to school with an absentee father, at times I only have fare to go and my teacher would assist me with lunch and fare to come home.  Sometimes I would save the little much my mother gave me so I would not be absent from school too much.  When the stresses of life reaches her she would sometimes borrow back the money I saved in order to meet other financial needs.  Most times I walked part way to school as I don't have the bus fare to take two buses so I walked and meet the bus that takes me near my school.  Sometimes I am tired but I know my mother has it hard so I just go to school and do my best.

I live in the Waltham Park area where my community is plagued by thieves, drugs and the 'barking of guns'.  When I looked on the young people in my community on the streets, not going to school, it makes me so depressed, but this scholarship will motivate me not to be one of them but to always listen to my mother's words that the only way out of poverty is through education.  I know that with your help I will make Caribbean Education Foundation, my mother, my teachers, my family and my community proud."

Shakar applied for scholarship last year, and would have received one, but CEF did not have sufficient funds.  He has resubmitted his application.  We are hoping to renew Scholarships for 12 children to attend high school. But with your donation, CEF will be able to assist few more additional children, like Shakar, to gain meaningful access quality education!   There are a number of ways in which you can help CEF to meet our goals:

Adopt a Student and become a CEF Education Ambassador:

Please consider adopting an individual student today.  Your assistance will be invaluable in that child's life. 

Make a Recurring Donation

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Make a Tax deductible contribution today!

As always, we will update you shortly on our Paul Bogle Scholarship renewals for 2012-2013 school year.  Thank you very much for your generosity!  Our work would not be possible without your continued support.

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Jun 1, 2012

13 Computers for 1100 Students? CEF School Tour shows the Learning Center is Critical for Progress

Students at St. Peter Claver Primary School
Students at St. Peter Claver Primary School

13 Computers for 1100 Students?  CEF Primary School Tour shows the Learning Center is Critical for Students' Progress

In May 2012, as part of CEF's “Child’s Month” initiative, Caribbean Education Foundation’s representatives traveled to Jamaica and conducted a tour of 10 Primary Schools in Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine and St. Thomas.  We met with school leaders including Principals, Teachers and Counselors; visited classrooms and resource areas such as Libraries and Computer Labs.  Sadly, most primary schools have minimal libraries or resources, if such a room existed.  Furthermore, computer areas were virtually nonexistent.  For the few schools with computer labs, the number of computers were minimal, others were non-working and/or outdated.  For example, at Alpha Primary School, its one tiny computer lab contains 13 computers for 1,100 students!  We saw thousands of children who have no access or minimal access to technology.  Unfortunately, when these students graduate from Primary School and enter to High School, the access to computers will not be much greater.  As a result, they will be severely lacking in techological abilities, which cripples their chances to compete on a global level.

The Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. (CEF) is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-deductible nonprofit organization based in the United States.  CEF’s mission is to provide poor children with meaningful access to education in Jamaica, the Caribbean and developing world.  The current mission country is Jamaica.  Children cannot attend school if they are unable to pay school fees and expenses.  Currently, CEF awards academic scholarships to poor students so they are able to attend high schools.  The CEF “Paul Bogle Scholarships” pays students’ school fees, textbooks, school supplies, uniforms, lunch and transportation.

The goals of CEF are three-fold: 

  1. Bridge the financial gap to education to enable school attendance
  2. Bridge the nutrition gap to education to enhance learning
  3. Bridge the computer technology and literacy gap to education to compete globally

Caribbean Education Foundation is addressing two goals listed above by providing academic scholarships to individual students.  The ultimate goal of CEF is to produce and increase the number and caliber of the region’s intellectual capital to compete on a global scale.  Intellectual capital will translate into the social and economic progress in the region.

THE PROBLEM

Hundreds of thousands of children in Jamaica do not have access to technology and possess low literacy skills.  Due to the sheer number of children in financial need, addressing all CEF’s goals is a severe challenge.  In particular, the third goal of computer technological skills and literacy needs a path forward.

As a result of extreme poverty, thousands of Jamaican students, including many CEF Scholarship recipients, are unable to conduct research at home for homework, because they lack computers, regular electricity and/or internet access in their homes.  And, the few children with computers are unable to print their papers and projects at home due to a lack of printers. 

Many children in the inner-city communities of Kingston, Jamaica have limited opportunities to develop the basic skills necessary to improve their own lives.  

According to the latest Jamaica Education Report:

HIGH SCHOOL (CRITICAL PROBLEM)children 11 years old to 17 years old

  • 30% or more of urban youth have little or no High School attendance. 
  • In rural areas, 50% of youth have little or no High School attendance.
    • Lack of attendance is often due to lack of financial resources to attend school.
    • 40% to 50% of students in the system are below their grade level (approximately 300,000 children)
    • By Grade 9, hundreds of thousands of students, especially boys, cannot read or write.
      • Many students are functionally illiterate.

PRIMARY SCHOOLchildren 6 years old to 11 years old

  • 1 out of 2 Primary School child is illiterate
  • An estimated 30% graduate functionally illiterate
  • Underachievement is greater among boys

THE LEARNING CENTER PROVIDES A SOLUTION

This CEF Learning Center will address the educational needs of thousands of children in Kingston, Jamaica and provide them with the opportunity to excel in school, succeed in the community and thrive in the global world.  The Center will serve the entire student population who are in financial need, not only CEF scholarship recipients.  As a result, CEF will be able to help many more children achieve literacy, technological skills and mastery in school. 

Thousands of children will benefit from having a free Learning, Literacy, Technology and Resource Center. This facility will provide free access to computers, reliable internet access, electricity and a library as well as reliable space to conduct ongoing literacy education and tutoring. 

The Learning Center will be equipped with computers and offer free computer training to children as well as provide a well-lit space for homework, reading and specialized tutoring in subject areas that need work such as Literacy, Mathematics and Science.  A small library at the center will serve as a resource and will be equipped with Student Study Guides, Southwestern Student Handbooks, textbooks, reading books, foreign language books, newspapers and global periodicals such as the Economist, National Geographic and Financial Times.

  1. Computer Technology Center – children will have hands-on experience with computers, receive training classes in computer skills and utilize smart boards.
  2. Homework Center – children will have the ability to conduct online research after school and print homework projects at no cost.  Children will have reliable electricity to do homework without trying to strain their eyes by candlelight.
  3. Tutoring Center – Literacy, Mathematics, Science, GSAT Prep and CXC Prep
  4.  Library, Literacy and Reading Center – children will receive Literacy, Speech and Reading time to develop important skills.

LONG TERM IMPACT:  GLOBAL PROGRESS

This CEF Learning Center will enable children to thrive in school, Jamaica and in a global world.  Through students’ excelling in their education, the communities of Kingston can be transformed, because as students learn new technology and information, they will be able to use them to improve conditions in the community and Jamaica.  The ultimate goal of CEF is to produce and increase the number and caliber of the region’s intellectual capital to compete on a global scale.  Intellectual capital will translate into the social and economic progress in the region.

According to Nikiki Bogle, Esq., the President & CEO of Caribbean Education Foundation, "The CEF Learning Center will welcome children into a technology culture so they can compete on a global scale and be equipped with the necessary educational skills to improve their own lives."

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