The Country Programme 2012-2016
The country programme uses a two-tiered approach:
National level: Using evidence generated from community demonstration programmes, research and other data, UNICEF advocates for and supports the development and enforcement of policies, laws and regulatory frameworks that promote and protect the rights of children, particularly the most vulnerable. UNICEF also seeks to ensure greater use of disaggregated data to reveal various disparities.
Community level: UNICEF supports the implementation of programmes which work specifically to reduce inequities among the poorest quintiles and most vulnerable populations. UNICEF and partners are focusing efforts in select communities, based on multiple vulnerabilities.
UNICEF provides funds and technical assistance to the Government of Jamaica, non-governmental organizations and other partners via three programmes: Adolescent Health and Empowerment, Quality Education, and Child Protection, with support from a cross-cutting unit focused on Communication, Monitoring and Evaluation.
Each programme has a set of results that should be achieved over five years, through a mix of activities implemented by a wide range of partners.
Adolescent Health and Empowerment: By 2016, 50 per cent of the most vulnerable adolescent boys and girls ages 10-18 in targeted communities are equipped with life skills, access to quality healthcare services and contribute to decision-making in their communities.
Quality Education: By the end of 2016, in Jamaica’s poorest and most volatile communities, 40 per cent of six year old girls and boys entering primary schools master the entrance assessment, and the performance of Grade Four boys and girls on national math and literacy assessments improved by 30 per cent.
Child Protection: By December 2016, child victims of abuse and violence and children who come into contact and conflict with the law will benefit from improved child protection services.