CSEC Electrical and Electronic Technology Exam Fee Sponsorship
JPS Foundation launched the CSEC Electrical and Electronic Technology Exam Fee Sponsorship programme in 2016. This programme allows qualifying high school students to sit the exam at no cost to them and creates the opportunity to have a certified skill. CSEC is the main standard national assessment that helps students qualify for acceptance into local universities and colleges. A minimum of five CSEC passes is required to matriculate.
Energy is an integral part of Jamaica’s plan for national development, and the creation of a skilled workforce is key to nation building. This is the reason that JPS Foundation funded the CSEC exam fees associated with the Electrical and Electronic Technology course for qualifying students, beginning the 2016/2017 academic year. This is in support of the Ministry of Education’s objective of making a skills-based course mandatory for all high school students.
JPS Foundation Energy Clubs
The JPS Foundation Energy Clubs programme was launched November 2014 by the JPS Foundation, as part of its focus on energy education and innovation. The programme also aims to assist the participating schools to manage their energy consumption. The Foundation’s service oriented Energy Clubs enables students to build their capacities to be responsible and informed energy consumers, and possible future experts in the sector.
The programme was first administered in fifteen high schools across Jamaica and that number will be increased to thirty schools during the 2017/2018 academic year. Energy Clubs help students better understand issues in energy and inspire innovation and creativity in the fields of energy, science and technology. There is additional focus on environmental awareness and management through innovative, technological and science based methods.
JPS Foundation Homework Centres
JPS Foundation established three Homework Centres across the island in response to the needs of students and residents in specific communities, with the aim of supporting these communities in their effort to raise their standard of living through access to education and access to information through computer and internet access. The centres are located in Denham Town in Kingston, Old Harbour Bay in St. Catherine and Farm Heights in St. James. JPS Foundation is determined to make a positive impact in Jamaica as we serve the entire island.
Junior Achievement Jamaica
Junior Achievement (JA) Jamaica is a registered non-governmental organization and the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through experiential, hands‐on program. JA’s programs help to prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs that make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. The JPS Foundation partners with Junior Achievement Jamaica through the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs (JACE) programme, designed to give secondary and out-of-school youth hands-on experiences in business management and operations. Additionally, JPS Foundation also partners with the JA Biz town programme, which is a mini-city consisting of several real-life private sector businesses, that will allow students to work in various roles in a simulated economy.
Palisadoes Foundation Calico Programme offers Jamaican student developers stipends to write software code for various open source software projects, which will allow students to publicly show the quality of their work.
Open source software is created through the collaboration of volunteer programmers to make apps that are free for use by all.
Calico is very closely modeled on the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) initiative. Google has run GSoC for over ten years and in 2016 over 1,500 students around the world are expected to participate. A primary goal for Palisadoes is to make Calico a feeder program for GSoC. Majority of the participants are expected to be enrolled in high school, university or college Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs. JPS Foundation has been a partner with the Palisadoes Foundation Calico Programme for the last two years and provides mentorship opportunities for the participants.
JPS Foundation Model Schools Programme
In August 2013, the JPS Foundation launched a Model Schools Programme in two early childhood institutions. The programme committed to supporting improvement in these institutions to meet the National standards for Early Childhood Institutions as developed by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) over a (3) year period. The participating schools were, York Town Basic School and Falmouth Gardens Basic School.
Some developmental measures implemented include:
• Eco-Friendly Playground
• Repairs of leaking roof
• Installations of fans
• Provision of electrical wiring and electricity supply
• Funded Training of one teacher to pursue a Bachelor of Education degree at the Catholic College in Mandeville.
The programme is now closed and is awaiting final assessment from the Eary Childhood Commission.
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