Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning receives Gleaner Honour Award
Those who are familiar with the mantra of 'no child left behind' will immediately understand the related mission of the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), which is to encourage adults to learn basic literacy and numeracy, eventually leading to higher education.
The agency of the Ministry of Education, which began its life as JAMAL Foundation in 1973, reinvented itself in 2013 in order to empower Jamaicans aged 17 and over to improve their lives and contribute to national development. This saw the organisation transforming its image of not just offering basic education to adults but becoming a leading entity in adult lifelong learning.
This literacy renaissance undertaken by the organisation saw JFLL being recognised by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a model entity for adult and lifelong learning in the region.
Currently, 3,615 adult learners are enrolled in the 29 adult education centres across the island. This represents 75 per cent of the current operating capacity of the learning network. By the end of the academic year 2014-2015, JFLL would have successfully enrolled 5,000 adult learners. This is an increase of approximately 50 per cent over the same period last year. The plan is to achieve a target of 10,000 active learners by 2016.
JFLL also boasts an increase in percentage pass rate among its students who sat the 2014 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC). A total of 26 learners sat mathematics and 17 passed, which represented a pass rate of 65 per cent: 30 learners sat English language and 15 passed, which represented a pass rate of 50 per cent; three learners sat social studies and two passed, which represented a pass rate of 67 per cent; while one student sat and passed human and social biology.
For the initiative taken in introducing new and more effective methods of adult education, The Gleaner Company is pleased to present the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) with The Gleaner Honour Award for its invaluable contribution to Education in 2014.