09 November 2020

Teachers learning new ways for no child to be left behind

[SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH VIDEO] Read the report  Education on hold: A generation of children in Jamaica, the Caribbean and Latin America are missing out on their schooling “I wanted to get my education”, says 11-year-old Joel Young as he scribbles in his notebook. At his parents’ wooden house in Little Bay, a small rural fishing community on the west…, Digital divide under the spotlight, The pandemic has put the spotlight on the inequities of the education sector in Jamaica as never before, highlighting the digital divide in the country:  in 34% of households, children do not have exclusive access to an Internet device for education purposes . Also, there are glaring disparities between urban and rural areas. “We have now seen…, Helping teachers to cross divide, In this context, UNICEF partnered with the Ministry of Education through its National College for Educational Leadership, NCEL, to  launch a Virtual Instructional Leadership programme in June . The goal: share tools within the education sector to improve child-centred distance learning and present different options for remote contact with students…, 1,200 teachers trained so far, Among those enrolled in the course was  Keron King, principal at Little Bay All Age and Infant School , where Joel Young studies. Energetic and creative, King was already exploring online tools to boost learning when the pandemic hit. “I think the virtual platform did an excellent job in terms of providing that kind of support (to) the teachers…, Rural principal driven to innovate, King also encouraged all of the teachers to take the course. “I felt that this wasn’t something just for my own self, but I think it should be shared information for all members of staff,” he says. The online tools provided new possibilities for a school that was already exploring ingenious ways to tackle the challenges of remote teaching. In…, Bike taxis help connect students, A week after delivering the material, the drop off team picks up the completed assignments and delivers a new set. Such an effort makes an important difference, especially for families who live far away from school, separated not only by the lack of technology —telephones or internet— but also by the lack of safe roads. For those children,…, “The teachers are always there”, 12-year-old Sasheena is among the students benefiting from the programme. While her mother stirs a large metal pot in her sprawling restaurant, Sasheena sits nearby, completing her weekly lesson on her laptop. “Things that I don’t understand I’ll go contact my teacher over WhatsApp or video-call and she’ll help me – explain things to me so that I…, Offline and online learning options, “As it is, I’m a bit satisfied with the work that Mr. King provide(s),” says Sasheena’s mother, Kaedia Ellis Johnson. “She has access to the internet. She go(es) on  EduFocal  (a Jamaican online learning platform) and the teachers provide work on WhatsApp. I have a full-time business, gratefully the teachers are always there to assist if I’m not…, Still striving for best possible results, As Joel sits with his siblings at the living room table – turned make-shift school desk – the oldest, a 15-year-old, and Joel’s father take turns supervising the schoolwork when they can. Unable to contact his teachers through online devices, Joel still follows the routine he would if he were in an actual classroom whenever he has a question. “I…
30 October 2018

Education

Challenge, Jamaica’s children have lost an estimated 1.3 billion in-class hours due to COVID-19 school closures. The most vulnerable children who struggle to access remote education have been hit the hardest and there are still a significant number of students that remain disengaged. Attendance at the best-performing public schools continues to be closely…, Resources, Solutions, Our Education programme aims for ALL children to have equal access to safe, inclusive quality education by: Ensuring young boys and girls, especially those with disabilities and/or living in poverty, benefit from equitable, resilient, and inclusive Early Childhood Development (ECD) and early childhood education policies and quality services,…, To achieve these goals, we work with various partners on different strategies such as:, A student on an empty classroom in Panama City, Panama, on 16 Sept 2020 Learning recovery and resilience: Maintain safe school operations, help children recover from learning loss and create a school system that is more resilient against future shocks. Update management information systems and school safety structures, with a focus on inclusion,…, Partners, Early Childhood Commission  Partner type: Government The ECC provides an integrated and coordinated delivery of high-quality early childhood programmes and services, which provide equity and access for children zero to eight years within healthy, safe and nurturing environments.    Food for the Poor Partner Type: Civil society organization Food…