Jamaica

Country Profile

Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean sea. Most of Jamaica’s landscape includes large mountains, which cover most of the length of the country. The largest mountain ranges are the Blue Mountains, named because of a blue haze that can be seen near the mountains. Jamaica’s ethnic composition includes those of African, European, Middle Eastern, Chinese, East Indian, and many more people of a great variety of ethnicities. Freedom of religion exists in Jamaica’s constitution. However, most people belong to one of many Christian denominations. For the longest time, one of Jamaica’s economic bases has been agriculture and crop based, with its biggest exports being sugar canes. Another economic basis is the manufacturing industry; mainly producing foods, textiles, and metal products.

POPULATION

2,977,734 as of Thursday, October 14, 2021

CAPITAL

Kingston

CURRENCY

Jamaican dollar

FUN FACT

Jamaica has the fastest runners on Earth

Our Efforts

Problems Observed

According to the Borgen project, about 99.7 percent of students in Jamaica have access to primary education, and another 83 percent have access to secondary education. Despite this, in 2009 UNICEF concluded that by grade one, no more than 24 percent of six-year-old children going into primary school could master the five subtests of the assessment.
In addition to this, the quality of education provided in private and public schools differs drastically as students from private schools often have access to better teachers and resources



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Our Response

General Summary of our work (1-2 paragraphs):
Strive2Thrive Edu is partnered with a local boys childrens home. Through this partnership we hope to effectively work towards our goal of ensuring every child has equal access to quality education as most of these children are unable to join school due to lack of funding in their area. We volunteer tutors provide lessons in various subjects from mathematics to teaching students about basic hygiene practices.

Importance of our work section and some of the impacts:
By providing classes in a wide variety of subjects, we hope to give students a chance to explore their interests and also learn skills that will help improve the country’s overall educational statistics. By partnering with local orphanages/schools we hope to bridge the gap in inequalities that continue to exist in the country.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Alignment

 
 

  • 4.1 FREE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
  • 4.4 INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH RELEVANT SKILLS FOR FINANCIAL SUCCESS
  • 4.5 ELIMINATE ALL DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Although statistics suggest that access to education is high in Jamaica, academic success is still lower which raises questions about the quality of education provided. At Strive2Thrive Edu we offer classes not only in basic subjects like math and science but also subjects like business management and accounting. Through these classes, our goal is to help students develop skills that would allow them to compete for better jobs in their country and reduce poverty in their region.

  • 10.1 REDUCE INCOME INEQUALITIES
  • 10.3 ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND END DISCRIMINATION
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Since private schools in the country tend to be more expensive but provide better quality education most students from public schools or rural regions in the country are unable to compete for jobs or pursue higher education. To ensure that all children are provided the same quality of education and resources we provide free classes to these students by partnering with schools in rural areas or various organizations within the country.

  • 17.16 ENHANCE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
  • 17.17 ENCOURAGE EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive Edu has partnered with a childrens home in Jamaica to provide quality English lessons to young students. Many of these children do not go to school due to lack of funding in the area that they live. These children can speak English very well, but have trouble reading and writing it. By partnering with such educational institutes we can effectively help these students master their English language skills and pursue higher education.

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