After four decades of little or not growth, the Jamaican economy is expected to grow at 1-2% over the medium term. The country is confronted by serious social issues that predominantly affect youth, such as high levels of crime and violence and high unemployment.
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Education, as we all know, is the key to success, the social equalizer par excellence. Reducing the number of out-of-school children by half over the space of a decade was a tremendous achievement. Yet... Show More + we must redouble our efforts to enroll the remaining 58 million out-of-school children who live in disadvantaged and marginalized communities.Importantly, we also owe children in the developing world a quality education which equips them for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. All children should leave school with the knowledge and skills they need to pursue further education and training, to do productive work, and to support themselves and their families.To prosper in a rapidly changing world, all children need more than a sound basic education. They also need to be creative, critical thinkers and problem-solvers, who develop a lifelong thirst for knowledge.The stark reality is that we are nowhere near fulfilling this dream. Our first task is to improve basic learning Show Less -
WASHINGTON, February 12, 2014 – More than 300,000 children in Jamaica will benefit from expanded and improved early childhood development (ECD) programs, as a result of US$12 million in additional funding... Show More + approved by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors.Additional funds will contribute to improve parenting, care and school readiness for children from zero to six; as well as screening, diagnosis and early stimulation for children at risk.“Early childhood development is a critical pillar for nation building,” says Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughan, Executive chair of Jamaica’s Early Childhood Commission. “This additional financing will ensure even greater advancement in early childhood development for the benefit of Jamaica's children and the nation as a whole,” she added. There is growing scientific evidence that what happens – or doesn’t happen – to a child in the first 1,000 days of life has immediate effects on his or her well-being and future.Jamaica’s comprehensiv Show Less -