Although there have been significant advances in education in Jamaica, the existing system continues to face severe short-comings. Underprivileged children in rural and poor urban areas particularly suffer from unequal access to quality education. Many of these children complete basic education without acquiring fundamental literacy and numeracy skills. Students leaving the school system without acquiring the basic skills that are expected by employers are easily lead into crime and violence. Getting a good early childhood education has more influence on children’s overall development than their family background or gender. The urgency to improve the quality of education at the basic school level has never been greater.
We are asking you to Invest in early childhood education because young people require strong foundational skills to ensure lifelong learning and lay a foundation for children in rural areas to compete with the world.