Following you’ll find a short review about the progress and achievements at the HELP Jamaica! Education Center in Cassava Piece during 2013. We reached a level of success that we never dreamed of when we opened the Center in February 2011 . Be a part of the positive changes by supporting HELP Jamaica! with a donation or a sustainable membership!
We look back at a very successful year 2013. After three years in operation, we can proudly look at the number 850 registered users from the surrounding communities. We now welcome 100 children on an average day during the afternoon; and another 50-100 teenagers and adults taking part in the various educational offers within the morning and early evening hours.
The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) preparation courses for the adults (A Caribbean wide accepted Certification and Certificate Course) in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Spanish and Computer classes are offered by local volunteers free of cost. These volunteers are professional teachers and social workers from the community, who are officially approved and give their time free of cost, to help other people from their community.
We are the only facility, who offer these CXC preparation courses free of charge (at least we are not aware of any other facilities, that offers these programs free of charges).
We now have over 100 participants per course (2013). In 2012, the number of participants was about 30-40 persons for each subject.
With the increase in numbers for our classes, we had to separate the classes in two in order to accommodate the participants and seek additional space next-door in the neighboring school to facilitate the over-crowding at our center.
The certificates gained by participants; studying for these subjects, are most praiseworthy. In 2012 we congratulated 25 participants on gaining successful CXC certification, and we are sure that these numbers will increase in 2014.
At this point we are proudly referring to our Motto: Education for a Change! Bringing it positive and directly into action.
Furthermore we received a generous donation of a complete Computer-Lab (IT-Unit) from the ‘Universal Service Fund’ (Governmental Agency) at the end of the year. The donation Included 16 Computers, a professional printer, network-technology and furnishings. The official opening of the IT-Unit, took place during the course of our 5th Year Celebration of HELP Jamaica! in Jamaica, February 2014.
These computers are already in use to benefit the community, as we now offer two computer courses daily (for beginners and at an advanced level). Successful certified participants of these courses get the opportunity of direct entry to the job-market through the HEART Trust NTA and further recommendation (to call-centers etc.).
The opening hours of the center have also been extended, with the development and steady growing offers and increasing numbers of visitors. The Center now opens from 9:00 a.m. in the mornings until 8:00 p.m. in the evenings, five days per week to offer our wide range of educational programs.
Furthermore, we were able to extend our Summer School program during the school vacation period, in comparison to previous years considerably. Our team, together with some of the registered children of the center did several excursions in a hired bus with up to 40 children to places of national interest. In addition, we included the very popular sign-language, basket weaving and many other handcrafts and sport offers to our programs.
In April 2013, Tiina Palm, a supporter from Finland conducted a very successful four-day photo-workshop with persons from the Cassava Piece community in cooperation with HELP Jamaica! and the (Social Development Commission (SDC). Most of the participants never held a camera in their hands before. A selection of the pictures taken, were later published in the RIDDIM magazine (Issue 06-2013).
The development of our Educational Center and the offers on the spot; have advanced more than we had projected and exceeded our expectations for last year. This would not have been possible without the help of our supporters and their donations.
At our opening in February 2011, we started with only one employee. Today we engage 8 permanent team members daily and are thankful for the support of more than 10 volunteers from the community; some of those are present at the center every day.
Due to the great acceptance of our offered programs and the steady increasing numbers of daily guests; we were forced to increase our team compliment, and to build a second ‘classroom’ on the premises (in 2012). Of course these measures and steady expansions of the offered programs also lead to increasing costs. That is why our center budget for the past year (2013) raised up to an overall amount of 56.000,- EUR.
To safeguard our daily operations; and the creation of jobs in the long run, we look forward to a continuous support in the future.
Our work is funded by more than 80 per cent from donations. The remaining 20% are coming from the sales of our charity products, such as the calendars and our t-shirts.
Please help us with your donation, to maintain what we have achieved so far and to make sure we can continue to work accordingly to our Motto: Education For A Change!
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