Apart from curating articles about history for this website, we raise funds for educational projects. These include sponsoring a child’s education and contributing towards much-needed books, and computer equipment to schools in Jamaica.
Education in Jamaica
From the ages of 6 to 11, education in Jamaica is compulsory and free. Some schools are state-owned and some are private preparatory schools. In these schools, children receive lessons in English. This period is called Primary or Basic education and goes up to grade 6.
Secondary education starts from age 12 to 17. Children attend public high schools but it is not free. Many children miss out on this vital part of their education because their parents cannot afford the school fees, uniforms, transport, lunch or books.
The minimum wage in Jamaica is £30 per week for a 40-hour week. That’s £1,560 per year. It costs around £900 each year to send 1 child to high school. This would explain why the literacy rate in Jamaica is 88%.
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