Learning & Technology Center for Youth in Jamaica

by Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc.
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CEF SCHOLARS at their high school graduations 2015
CEF SCHOLARS at their high school graduations 2015

On behalf of Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF), we would like to wish you and your family Happy Holidays! We hope that the upcoming New Year 2016 will bring each of you good health, happiness and success.

Our first six CEF Scholars have graduated from high school this year, thanks to all our donors! Five years ago in September 2010, these students were awarded a CEF Paul Bogle Scholarship based on high academics and financial need, to attend public high schools in Jamaica. In 2015, they graduated with honors from top high schools throughout the city of Kingston and rural communities in Jamaica. We are incredibly PROUD their tremendous accomplishments!

A high school diploma is an important step in preparing a young person to live an independent, secure and happy life and to contribute to Jamaica's economic competitiveness as part of an educated, innovative workforce.

Trevisa graduated from Morant Bay High School in St. Thomas, Jamaica in 2015! Trevisa graduated as an “Honor Student” with an “A” Grade Point Average! In addition, Trevisa graduated with “Special Honors” as First in Mathematics in the entire graduating class of over 200 students with an AWARD for Academic Excellence! She was Number 2 in the Graduating Class! Trevisa achieved EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS with 10 Ones in each subject taken on the Caribbean Examinations Counsel (CSEC), which students must master in order to get into Sixth Form (Grades 12 and 13). PERFECT SCORES of 1 were in the following 10 subjects: Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Information Technology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Principles of Accounts, English A, English B and Food and Nutrition. She is now in Sixth Form and plans to attend university upon completion.

Sarah graduated from Immaculate Conception High School for Girls in Jamaica in 2015! Sarah graduated as an “Honor Student” with an “A” Grade Point Average! In addition, Sarah graduated First in Human & Social Biology in the entire graduating class of over 200 students! In addition to her high school achievements, Sarah achieved STELLAR RESULTS with 8 Ones in each subject taken on the Caribbean Examinations Counsel (CSEC), which students must master in order to get into Sixth Form (Grades 12 and 13). PERFECT SCORES of 1 were in the following 8 subjects: Mathematics, Information Technology, Economics, Human & Social Biology, Spanish, Caribbean History, English A and English B. She is now in Sixth Form and plans to attend university upon completion.

Coya graduated from Wolmer’s High School for Girls in Kingston, Jamaica in 2015! Throughout her High School career at the Wolmer's, Coya continues to excel in academics and plays a leading role on her school’s Track and Field team, competing in the Discus.  Despite very challenging economic and emotional circumstances, including the death of her guardian from cancer, Coya has held steadfast in focus to do her best and succeed! She attained 8 subjects on the CSEC, including 6 Ones! She is now in Sixth Form and plans to attend university upon completion.

Ravorn graduated from Calabar High School in Kingston, Jamaica! Despite incredibly challenging economic and academic circumstances in the inner-city community of Riverton City where he lives, Ravorn tried his best to focus on school. Ravorn is now in Sixth Form and plans to attend University to major in Business Administration. Ravorn attained 6 subjects, including a 1 in Business Administration, Principles of Accounts and Mathematics on the Caribbean Examination Council (CSEC), we have no doubt Ravorn will excel as a Business Major at university! We wish Ravorn the very best in Sixth Form and his journey to university! We hope that Ravorn keeps focus and becomes a positive force in his community, Jamaica and the world. CEF will continue to renew Ravorn’s Scholarship for the next 2 years of Sixth Form, as long as we have funding to do so.


Tamia graduated from Hampton High School in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica in 2015! Tamia graduated on the “Principal's Honor Roll” with a Gold cord! She has an overall “A” Grade Point Average for all the years at high school! In addition, Tamia attained 8 subjects on the CSEC exams, including a 1 in Mathematics, Information Technology and English! We are incredibly PROUD of Tamia’s stellar accomplishments! She is now in Sixth Form and plans to attend university upon completion.

Amoy graduated from Ardenne High School in Kingston, Jamaica in 2015! Despite very challenging economic and family circumstances, Amoy has held steadfast in focus to do her best! Amoy would like to pursue medicine at University.   Amoy received the 5th Highest CSEC Score in English Literature in all of Ardenne High School! We hope that Amoy keeps focus and becomes a positive force in her community, Jamaica and the world. CEF will continue to renew Amoy’s Scholarship for the next 2 years of Sixth Form, as long as we have funding to do so. She plans to attend university upon completion of Sixth Form.

 

THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed or will contribute to the Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF)! Please let us continue to make each CEF Scholar have meaningful access to education in Jamaica!


HOW YOU CAN HELP:

1.  SUPPORT our GlobalGiving's Annual Year-End Campaign! https://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/cef-year-end-fundraiser-2015/   https://goto.gg/f/16584CEF must raise at least $3,000 from 30 donors from December 1-31! Please make a donation today!

 2.  Give Donations as Holiday Gifts!

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You can make a tax-deductible donation to our project as a gift or in honor or in memory of someone. You can also send them an email card, print-at-home card, or a paper card in the mail to tell them about your generous gift in their honor.

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3.  JOIN our Recurring Match Campaign from December 1 through December 31, 2015 for 100% Matching Donation! Become a recurring donor for CEF! Any recurring amount is greatly appreciated.

NOTE: Your recurring donation will receive a one-time 100% match! Here is the direct link: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/send-a-poor-child-to-high-school-in-jamaica/?show=recurring

SPREAD THE WORD ON CEF YEAR-END CAMPAIGN 2015: Will you join us?

Do you believe that all children should be able to attend high school, and should not be stymied by poverty of circumstances? We know you do! CEF knows that you have already given to our cause. We are asking you to keep giving, so that we can assist more students; but please also send this Global Giving Report and donation link to your friends, family, colleagues and companies! Tell them why you think this is a great effort to educate our youth! Remember, no one is able to give if they do not know about our cause.

Thank you for your continued support! You make our work possible.

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Some of our CEF Volunteers on Day of Service
Some of our CEF Volunteers on Day of Service

We are happy to report that in July 2015, the Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) finally secured the space in downtown Kingston that we wanted for the Learning Center!  In August, we had our first Day of Service - Clean Up Day!  Several volunteers came to downtown Kingston and assisted our local team.  Our painter extraordinaire, Paul, did an excellent job transforming the rooms!  Thank you to all our volunteers for your assistance with cleaning up the space!  We are grateful for their time and efforts to help make the space welcoming to our disadvantaged children.  This month, we are completing the fix up process and begin to transform the space with necessary items for the Center.  We will update you on our progress and official opening date! 

In the meantime, our CEO, Nikiki Bogle, Esq. has been in Kingston overseeing the final process at the Center space; and attending high school graduations for 6 of our 20 students on CEF Scholarships.  The six high school graduates have been funded by CEF for the past five years to gain meaningful access to education.  From 2010-2015, CEF Scholarships paid their school fees, text books, school supplies, lunch and transportation.  We cannot believe that they graduated this year - - 5 years went by very quickly. They were 11 and 12 years old when we got them into our Scholarship Program and now they are young adults at 16 and17 years old!

In attending the first high school graduations with our team, one alarming fact came from a Valedictorian Speech about the lack of access to technology at a very prestigious public high school in Jamaica.  In her speech, the Valedictorian described how it was a huge challenge to get a computer to use in the lab. In addition, she often was hungry at school, because there were countless times that she had to use her lunch money to pay for printing of homework assignments in the school’s computer lab!  Their computer lab at the school did not have free printing of homework assignments for students, although a technology fee is included in the paid school fee!  Now, if that is one of the wealthy public schools, one can only imagine what is happening at the regular schools. Our CEF Learning & Technology Center will have sufficient computers and free printing for scholars' homework, so children don't have to go hungry at school.

MEET THE GRADUTE: AMOY

We would like to say BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Caribbean Education Foundation Scholarship Recipient, Amoy, who graduated from Ardenne High School in Kingston, Jamaica in 2015! We are so PROUD of her accomplishment!

In 2010, at 11 years old, Amoy was awarded our CEF Paul Bogle Scholarship based on high academics and financial need, to attend public high school, along with 5 other children. She graduated from Portsmouth Primary School. Each year for the past 5 years, CEF has renewed Amoy’s Scholarship, so she could continue to attend high school. Amoy is an impressive young lady, now at 16 years old!

Despite very challenging economic and family circumstances, Amoy has held steadfast in focus to do her best! Amoy would like to pursue medicine at University.  In her Scholarship Application Essay in 2010, Amoy said she wanted to be a Surgeon. We are surprised that 5 years later, she has the same plan. Since Amoy received the 5th Highest CSEC Score in English Literature in all of Ardenne High School, we hope she also considers professions such as Law, Professor of Literature, Public Relations, etc. Whichever profession she pursues, we wish Amoy the very best! The sky is the limit! We hope that Amoy keeps focus and becomes a positive force in her community, Jamaica and the world. CEF will continue to renew Amoy’s Scholarship for the next 2 years of Sixth Form, as long as we have funding to do so.

We would like say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone, particularly our hundreds of Global Giving donors, who have contributed funds to the Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF)!  A “Special Thank You” to Boston J.U.M.P. charity, which has helped to sponsor Amoy’s CEF Scholarship in the past. We truly appreciate your support! Our CEF Scholars such as Amoy graduating from High School is the reward for your kindness, generosity and love. Please let us continue to make each CEF Scholar have meaningful access to education in Jamaica!

Heartfelt Thank You to all you Global Giving donors who have helped to bring the CEF Learning & Technology to life!  We will now be able provide much-needed assistance to needy children on the second phase of our education project. 

Learning Center Clean Up - getting mops ready
Learning Center Clean Up - getting mops ready
Learning Center Clean Up - cleaning on first floor
Learning Center Clean Up - cleaning on first floor
Learning Center Clean Up- Painter Paul is prepping
Learning Center Clean Up- Painter Paul is prepping
Center Clean Up - Paul paints first computer room
Center Clean Up - Paul paints first computer room
Center Clean Up- Cecil paints second computer room
Center Clean Up- Cecil paints second computer room
Reggae Singer, I Righteous helps to clean window
Reggae Singer, I Righteous helps to clean window
Our Volunteer Charmaine and CEO are ready to clean
Our Volunteer Charmaine and CEO are ready to clean
CEF Scholar Amoy graduates from Ardenne High
CEF Scholar Amoy graduates from Ardenne High
2010: Amoy receives CEF Scholarship from Ms. Bogle
2010: Amoy receives CEF Scholarship from Ms. Bogle
2015: CEO Nikiki Bogle attends Amoy
2015: CEO Nikiki Bogle attends Amoy's graduation

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The building - we like the Mango Tree in front
The building - we like the Mango Tree in front

A Space Journey in Jamaica

Great news! We found Space! We are breathing a sigh of relief.  Our Scholarship Recipients continue to thrive in high school and are excited about the Learning Center.

Sometimes it pays to take a second look and re-evaluate the purpose. For the past year, our CEF team has been trying to find a good space in the right location that will work well for the Learning & Technology Center in Kingston, Jamaica.

Because our Scholarship Recipients attend different high schools at various locations throughout Kingston and St. Andrew, we tried to find a space that was more central so that our students would converge in the middle at our Learning Center when their schools let out. It would have been much easier to locate space in a particular inner-city neighborhood, but such a location would have denied easy access to most of our students, and there were major security concerns.  Therefore, we concluded that the centrally located areas of Half-Way Tree or Cross Roads would work best. Unfortunately, the properties we viewed in those central locations were very expensive and unaffordable for us. And the properties that were reasonably priced for our charity to afford were broom closets!

Frustrated, we started to look outside of the central locations. One of the spaces we viewed is located in downtown Kingston. Physically, the building with some improvements would work well for the Center and it was spacious and in a charitable price range. However, we did not envision going all the way to downtown Kingston, nor did we want to. We thought it wasn’t very central and we had some security concerns, and it is surrounded by depressed communities.

Several months later, after viewing additional spaces in exhaustion, we re-visited the downtown Kingston building. One of the things we noticed is that although it is downtown, it would be easily accessible to most of our students, because many buses go there. Importantly, there are several other schools around that area, where those students are also in desperate need of access to technology, not only our scholarship recipients. It was settled. We walked in the space a few days ago, and knew we had found our new Center home!

By creating the Learning & Technology Center downtown Kingston, CEF will now reach an additional population of disadvantaged children who really need this support! We are excited!  As our team work on the new space, we will be sending you photos and updates on the progress.

March 18th is 30% Bonus Day on Global Giving!

GlobalGiving's first matching opportunity of 2015 is Wednesday, March 18th! They are offering a 30% match on all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project, while funds remain. There is $60,000 available in matching and matching begins at 9:00 EDT and lasts until funds run out or 23:59:59 EDT.  There is also $2,000 in bonus prizes available!

Please help us and donate to CEF Learning & Technology Center on March 18th, so that we can raise needed funds through this great matching opportunity! Please donate early, as the matching funds go quickly and we need all the help we can get to make our Learning & Technology Center an excellent one.

Thank you for your continued support!  You are making the education of brilliant poor children possible.

Inside room downtairs - Library & Homework Area
Inside room downtairs - Library & Homework Area
Room upstairs - Computer Lab
Room upstairs - Computer Lab
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.

 

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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
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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Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc.

Location: Boston, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.educatechild.org
Project Leader:
Nikiki Bogle
Boston, MA Jamaica
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