A recent study done by the Ministry of Education found that approximately 25% of students leaving primary school were unable to read.
The Enrichment Programme was introduced in 2009 to help address this significant challenge by creating an environment for learning through technology and individualised teacher instruction – the aim being to increase literacy rates to 85% by 2015 in partnership with the Ministry of Education, bringing Jamaica closer to the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of 100% literacy. As such the Enrichment Programme equips teachers with cutting-edge software and innovative ICT that engages students in both audio and visual learning.
Each school is provided with either an Enrichment Centre – a room dedicated to improving literacy and numeracy among students – or an Enrichment Cart – a mobile
cart fully equipped with learning tools which can move from classroom to classroom. Since the start of the programme, we have seen students – showing significant improvement – moving by an average of two grade levels in reading competency each year. This is in no small part due to the commitment of the Enrichment teachers to their students and to using the tools that make learning fun.
As at September 2015, we are extremely pleased to note that Jamaica has not only met its UN MDG target, but has exceeded it – achieving 86% literacy. The Digicel Foundation is very proud to have been a part of this success.