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Beauty with a purpose

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Miss Jamaica World 2016, Ashlie Barrett with students of the National Baptist Basic School in Trench Town.
Students of Windsor Forest Primary School in Portland with school supplies they receieved from the Shashamane Sunrise Foundation on September 29.

Shashamane Sunrise Foundation, a volunteer organisation that supports children's education in developing countries, is partnering with Fusion Consulting Jamaica and the Miss Jamaica World 'Beauty with a Purpose' organisation to increase awareness and help to improve the quality of education for Jamaican children.

The goal is to establish model schools all over Jamaica that other schools can follow and achieve similar results.

The Shashamane team, which has been working with Windsor Forest Primary School in Portland since 2010, identified challenges the school was having and provides what is required to improve the quality of education.

Since Shashamane's involvement, Windsor Forest Primary has seen significant improvements, including an increase from 40 per cent to 80 per cent passes in the GSAT examinations. This has also boosted student morale, according to the foundation.




"Fusion Consulting and Miss Jamaica World Organisation are pleased to partner with the Shashamane Sunrise Foundation, which is making a significant contribution to educating children in developing countries," said Laura Butler, founder and CEO of Fusion Consulting.

"There are so many things that we can do to help improve the quality of life for our brothers and sisters," Butler said. "Together, we can accomplish far more and assist to improve our world."

Shashamane has contributed over US$50,000 to Windsor Primary and is now making strides with National Baptist Basic School in Trench Town, the birthplace of its chairman, Dr Rene 'Zazou' Williamson.

Williamson is a biomedical engineer and management consultant with over 15 years' experience in teaching and research at some of the leading universities in the world such as Yale, NYU, Cambridge, and Johns Hopkins. He is an accomplished scientist, whose research and other works have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at scientific conferences internationally. Williamson is a senior partner at the management consultancy Broad Haven Associates. He is a stellar example of what education can do to change the course of and improve one's life.

The Shashamane Sunrise Foundation also supports schools in Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Kenya. The group contributed to the JRDC School in Shashamane, Ethiopia, which has been able to achieve 100 per cent passes in the primary schools examination after five years of the foundation's intervention. The Shashamane Sunrise Foundation is currently making plans to rebuild its adopted school in Haiti (the Marion School) after it was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.

To volunteer or support Shashamane Sunrise Group and Fusion Consulting efforts, contact http://shashamane,