THE EDITOR, Sir:
I write with reference to an article on Page B9 of your publication on Wednesday, September 29, bearing the headline 'Disappointing turnout for Foundation for Lifelong Learning'.
This headline is incorrect and may leave your readers misled as to the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning's (JFLL) role in the fair that took place at our offices on September 24, 2012. A more accurate headline could have read 'Disappointing turnout for Adult Learners Week Fair'.
The organisation of the event was led by the Jamaica Council for Adult Education (JACAE) as one of its events in observance of Adult Learners Week. In organising these events, JACAE has enlisted the partnership of several agencies, including the JFLL. In the case of the Adult Learners Week Fair, the JFLL's role as partner was to allow the use of our head office for the event.
An opportunity missed
As envisaged by the organisers - JACAE - and reported in the article, a much larger audience had been anticipated, and with JACAE and the other participants we lament the weak turnout, as it represents an opportunity missed.
The JFLL and its many partners, including JACAE, work very diligently to advance the state of adult education in Jamaica, and we accept that notwithstanding our best efforts, some days will be better than others; and where they are not, we must simply regroup and press forward.
Through our partnerships and our 30 adult education centres across Jamaica, the JFLL will continue to serve the best interests of the Jamaican economy and society by providing robust curricula and innovative teaching methods to provide a second chance for anyone at any level of literacy to upgrade themselves to the secondary level.
We invite the support of all Jamaicans, as we work towards the Jamaica outlined in the nation's Vision 2030 National Development Plan.
ALISON CROSS (EdD)
Executive Director, JFLL