CEF Scholars with CEO Nikiki Bogle in Jamaica
Did you know that May is Child’s Month? The Caribbean Education Foundation (CEF) wishes a Happy Child’s Month to all children around the globe!
CEF wishes that all mothers had a very Happy Mother’s Day!
In addition, Happy Father’s Day when it comes to all dads in June!
Last month in April 2013, CEF’s President and Team members visited some of our CEF Scholars in Kingston, Jamaica. As you know, CEF always receives our scholars' Grade Reports on how they are doing in school. The detailed Grade Reports inform of us of not just their grades, but their overall attitude and behavior towards each subject matter (14 subjects) and their attendance record, including tardiness. So, the CEF team learns a great deal from the Grade Reports! However, there is nothing like a personal meeting to learn who a child really is. It was truly wonderful to meet with the children in person!
We met with some of our Kingston CEF Scholars at Emancipation Park in Kingston, Jamaica. Our President had one-on-one sessions about academics, leadership roles and home life with each child. As you can imagine, some things were very sad to hear about the difficulties and pains at home - - they are so young, at 12 to 14 years old and already experience so much in their young lives. Despite their many challenges, our CEF Scholars persevere and stand tall. We ask that you will continue to financially support our scholars who really need it most!
The overwhelming majority of scholars continue to do excellent in school! We have a couple students in especially difficult circumstances at home and lack access to technology and homework assistance, which reflects in some of their grades. In order to provide students with additional support, CEF is creating a Learning & Technology Center to launch in September 2013! The Learning Center will provide a safe, well-lit space for homework and research, exposure to computer technology, homework assistance, tutoring, mentoring and other services, so these children continue to rise and swim. We ask that you support CEF's Learning Center initiative, which will not only help our current CEF Scholars, but reach thousands of additional disadvantaged children we have not been able to assist due to financial constraints.
Of course, no visit with children is complete without a treat…so we took them for some delicious pizza in New Kingston! For some students, it was their first time having pizza and they truly enjoyed it!
The current school year ends in June, and CEF is asking you to make a donation, so these students may enter the next grade in high school in September 2013! Please consider a recurring donation of $25 per month!
In addition, CEF is seeking Education Ambassadors for our Adopt-a-Student Program. Ambassadorship is open to everyone: individuals, businesses, organizations and groups. The cost to fund one student to attend public high school for one year in Jamaica is $1,500 U.S. dollars. Each Education Ambassador receives direct information about her or his adopted student along with a photograph. Throughout the school year, each CEF Ambassador is updated with Grade Reports, Attendance Reports and Behavioral Reports about the school performance of his or her adopted child. Ambassadors may also communicate with their adopted students.
As you are aware, Public High Schools are NOT FREE in Jamaica. The cost to attend public high school in Jamaica is at least $1,500 U.S. dollars. The minimum wage is approximately $50.00 U.S. dollars per week or $200.00 U.S. dollars per month. Many of the students who receive CEF scholarships have "working poor parent(s)" who are unable to afford the costs of high school due to the low wages they earn. CEF’s goal is to give youth meaningful choices and opportunities in this world, and thereby break the poverty cycle.
CEF is seeking 10 Education Ambassadors who are able to help a child gain access to quality education. Will you be one of THE CEF 10? Individuals and entities that wish to become a CEF Education Ambassador should contact the Caribbean Education Foundation directly at Email: email@example.com or Phone: 800-677-0839.
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As always, CEF cannot do our work without your financial support. Thank you so much for contributing to help a poor child receive an education. We truly appreciate your support!
CEF Scholars at Emancipation Park in Jamaica
CEF Scholars having pizza in New Kingston