August, 2016: The Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) has partnered with iSupport Jamaica powered by Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), National Education Trust (NET) and the Victoria Mutual Building Society to raise US$2,000,000 to upgrade the infrastructure of early childhood and primary schools in Jamaica. A portion of the proceeds will be used for professional development and training for teachers at various levels of the education system.
The fundraising campaign is an inter-parish competition among Jamaicans across the globe, where donors will compete to raise funds for their respective parishes. The culminating eventon January 31, 2017 will be the declaration of the parish winner of the competition. The fundraising period begins November 1, 2016 and runs through January 31, 2017, following an official launch in Jamaica in October 2016. The campaign is part of a larger 5-year fundraising plan envisioned by the JDETF that will see the Jamaican Diaspora community of three million strong, play a greater role in the development and transformation of education in Jamaica.
Senator the Honourable Ruel Reid, Minister of Education, Youth and Information also endorses the fundraiser. He said,“I encourage the Diaspora and its fundraising initiatives, to invest in the capital infrastructure of the education sector through public-private partnerships. The JDETF must be applauded for its efforts to convert the Diaspora’s sentiments and goodwill into systematic, sustained and purposeful action”.
Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade said “Investment in early childhood and primary education sets the stage for a solid foundation that enables our children to become responsible and productive citizens. I therefore congratulate the Jamaica Diaspora Education Taskforce for this highly ambitious and worthwhile initiative given the critical role played by education in nation building”.
About the JDETF The JDETF, came out of the 5th Biennial Diaspora Conference held in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 2013, under the leadership of Leo Gilling the immediate past Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the West/Mid-West USA. The JDETF is determined that partnership and collaboration with stakeholders in the Diaspora and in Jamaica, be included in the plans by the Government of Jamaica in realizing the goals of VISION 2030.
The Task Force members are drawn from the major Diaspora regions, including the USA, theUK and Canada and from other parts of the world, and have benefitted from the support, participation and leadership of organizations in the Diaspora such as the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (UJAA), Jamaica Impact, Inc. (JAMPACT), Jamaica Awareness Association of California (JAAC), ISSA Trust Foundation and Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College Past Students Association (SSTCPSA) and in Jamaica, organizations such as the Jamaica Teachers; Association, the Ministry of Education Youth and Information, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and USAID.
- For further inquiries regarding this fundraising initiative, please contact either Leo Gilling at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Colleen Edwards at: email@example.com.
- For more information about the Jamaica Diaspora Educational Task Force (JDETF) visit http://callingalljamaicans.org/diaspora-education-task-force or
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