A poor turnout greeted organisers at an education festival at the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning headquarters along South camp Road in Kingston on Monday, where activities got under way to mark the start of Adult Learners Week.
It was the hope that persons from the nearby inner-city communities would have turned out to receive useful information on various issues relating to starting a business, educational courses, sex education and so on, but for the greater part of the day the organisers and the different entities which had came on board had more than enough time on their hands.
"We should have had more people coming from the communities. The aim was to have these entities to promote education in work, health education, blood pressure testing. Jamaica Library Service is here showcasing their computer classes and those kinds of things, but the number is few," stated president of the Jamaica Council for Adult Education, Shermaine Barrett.
"It's really about promoting some of the entities that are engaged in any kind of thing to educate adults. In every country the aim is either to advocate for adult education or mobilise adult learners to take up adult education and that is what we are aiming to do."
The week of activities continues today with a seminar on making progress through life-long learning.