A Caribbean island of almost more than 2.8 million people, Jamaica has over 1 million children. Over 96.4 percent of these children attend educational institutions. However, the literacy rate sits at only 40% in some rural parts of Jamaica.
Throughout the island, there are 2,137 basic schools. Most of these schools are community-run institutions where often times “the quality of education, stimulation and care offered in some of these facilities leave much to be desired” (UNICEF). Staff is often under-trained and classrooms are overcrowded, making it even more difficult for teachers to provide a quality education. In addition, there is a lack of resources. According to a 2005 study, only 10.87% of Jamaica’s total budget is spent on children’s programs and services. That percentage is continually declining.
UNICEF is currently implementing an “Early Childhood Commission” that will make moves to create standards and curriculum for Jamaica’s schools. The Jamaican Ministry of Education is implementing new literacy programs, and Great Shape! Inc. is partnering with the Ministry to provide man-power, donated resources, and “holistic teaching strategies”.
A child’s education is the most important building block to success as an adult – the power to read is the power to lead! That’s why Great Shape! Inc. created the SuperKids project. SuperKids takes literacy empowerment and education to Jamaican children to enhance their knowledge and build their life skills so they can grow up to survive and thrive.
SuperKids volunteers can be certified teachers or non-educators. These humanitarians provide curriculum and support for the local teachers in literacy, computers, art, music and sports. This is YOUR chance to help the children of Jamaica and bring light to one of the island’s national issues!
Sign up for the SuperKids projects TODAY! Visit www.gsjamaica.org for more information, or register via email firstname.lastname@example.org.