Project #12887

Reading Center for 188 students in Jamaica

by Shashamane Sunrise
The Shash team with students at Windsor Forest
The Shash team with students at Windsor Forest

On July 9, 2013 the Shashamane Sunrise team, led by our chairman Dr Rene Williamson, visited the Windsor Forest Primary to assess the work done on the reading room/library.  We are excited to report that the facility has been completed and stocked with encyclopaedias and other books to assist in the education of the children.  The staff however reported that they are still in need of computers which would allow for online learning.

We are also proud that our intervention programme has also borne valuable fruit, as the school’s passes in the local GSAT examination (the entry exam to high school) has moved from 39 to 78% since interventions by Shashamane Sunrise and other improvements made at the school.

During the July meeting, we had a motivational talk, social and lunch with 15 of the top students at the school, including those who were moving on to high school. We also learnt that the school had started an entrepreneurship programme whereby they are rearing chicken for sale in the community and to assist with their internal feeding programme. The principal has also appealed for help to improve the programme, which she said has immense potential.

During the social, the children performed for and with the Shash team, which included the Jamaica Station Chief, Edgar Lewis, who along with Dr Williamson urged the children to stay focused at school because education is one of the surest vehicles to take them out of poverty and help to improve their community and country.

The Shash team again visited the Windsor Forest Primary on August 23, 2013 and handed out school supplies, including exercise and hard cover note books to the students. There was also a motivational talk from local television celebrity Sanjay Ramanand, a presenter on the ‘Digicel Rising Star,’ a talent show aired on Television Jamaica.

Dr Williamson again spoke to the children about the work of Shashamane Sunrise and our desire to continue to help them with their education.

The day’s activities ended with a talk from noted painter and artist Deborah Anzinger.

     Shashamane Sunrise strongly believes in the education and empowerment of youth. It is for this reason that we continuously place much effort into providing adequate educational facilities and opportunities to the different schools we help across the globe. One such school is the Windsor Forest Primary School which is located in a predominantly poor farming community in eastern Jamaica.  Not much emphasis is placed on the education of children residing in Windsor Forest. This is because most of the adult population is uneducated and apart from farming, relies primarily on income generated from other skilled professions such as masonry, shop keeping and dressmaking. With such professions being the major source of income, the community lacks substantive financial support and consequently is unable to develop those institutions that are instrumental for sustainable communal development such as education.

     Shahsamane Sunrise previously helped to complete an actual concrete structure of a Reading Resource Room for Windsor Forest Primary and both the chidlren and staff have relayed to us their overwhelming gratitude. With that done, our main aim now is to raise funds to complete and furnish this Resource center so that the students can use it to improve their education. The school desperately needs computers, desks, chairs and books as the teachers are unable to attend to the learning needs of the current 188 students in the six classrooms. We want to complete the learning resource/study room so that teachers can take time to address the varying learning needs of the students. We also intend to improve education at the school by providing computers and other e-learning devices which will elevate the quality of education.

    Shashamane Sunrise trusts that the improvement in educational standards will ultimately alleviate the quality of life of the entire community. With the provision of a solid educational foundation, students at Windsor Forest Primary will be able to excel academically and explore diverse career options.  With lucrative jobs, they will be able to assist their families and community members who were not formally educated.  By giving these students a Reading Room, we hope to also give them the opportunity to not only dream big dreams but the opportunity to ensure that these dreams come true.


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Shashamane Sunrise

Location: Stamford, CT - USA
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Shashamane Sunrise
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Shashamane Sunrise
Freeport, NY United States

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