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JISA launches phase two of values- based education pilot project

Published:Monday | March 21, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Independent Schools' Association (JISA), in association with its international consulting partner, Congress WBN (C-WBN), successfully launched phase two of their historic values-based education pilot project.

The participating schools are the Genesis Academy and Skills Training Centre, Northgate High School, Charagape Preparatory and Kindergarten School and Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf.

"You are being entrusted with something that is very critical to the future of education in Jamaica," said Wesley Boynes, president of JISA, at the recent launch. "You will be challenged to look beyond your professional training and to look at the quality of life that you are modelling before your students."

JISA's journey in developing a values-based education system started in 2011 when the then executive shared a deep concern for the moral decline in the nation. They began to explore opportunities for private schools to define the values and principles of their various institutions in order to offer a moral platform for Jamaica's Vision 2030 Developmental Plan.

Members of the executive team journeyed to Trinidad and Tobago in 2012 to consult with C-WBN and to visit the entity's values-based secondary-education institution, Northgate College, with a view to look at patterns that were applicable to Jamaica. The mission is to create forms of effective values-based education institutions in the Jamaican context that would provide models for the wider education system.

Phase one of the project was conducted during the 2014-2015 school year when the C-WBN team interacted with the school leaders of five pilot schools. The launch of phase two, which was conducted over two days at the Genesis Academy in Kingston and at Northgate High in Ocho Rios, was very dynamic and required the principals of the participating schools to share with their staff the newly developed and clarified vision and defined foundational values explored in phase one.