On September 29, UNICEF Jamaica hosted an Activate talk on education and innovative approaches to reach the most marginalized and vulnerable populations of children to fulfill their rights.
The featured speakers were:
- Marvin Hall, Lego Yuh Mind. Lego Yuh Mind Jrs is a hands-on learning experience that allows students to playfully explore ideas in science, technology, art and math. Working and communicating together, participants build 3-D models that develop valuable academic, creative and problem-solving skills. The initiative is quite unique in the Jamaican landscape, within the context of the traditional ‘chalk and talk’ methods that are used within the education system.
- Deika Morrison, Crayons Count. Crayons Count is an initiative to promote investment in early childhood education. It’s hallmark has been an island-wide mobilization to provide basic learning kits in ECD institutions. The process of awareness-raising and social mobilization around Crayons Count, including engagement of the private sector and everyday citizens, is notable.
- Dr. Renee Rattray, Mutual Building Societies Foundation (MBSF), MBSF supports the Government’s Transformation of Education Initiative by establishing the Centres of Excellence Programme. The Centres of Excellence Programme focuses on improving student performance, teaching and learning and school leadership and management.
- Jason Henzell, BREDS – Treasure Beach Foundation. BREDS has implemented several sports for development initiatives for young children in rural communities in St. Elizabeth, including the UNICEF-supported ‘Colin Powell Challenge Course’ which is an outdoor development course designed for both at-risk children and potential youth leaders – the first of its kind in Jamaica.