US Embassy provides over $21-m support to local programmes Loop Jamaica

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United States Ambassador to Jamaica Nick Perry officially handed over approximately $21 million to six local entities, through the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Federal Awards Programme.

The beneficiaries will undertake activities spanning several sectors and themes including education, youth development, conflict resolution and animal conservation.

At a recent handover ceremony held at the US Embassy, Ambassador Perry congratulated each recipient, asserting that the “US Government is pleased to support programs that create opportunities that tackle challenges faced by Jamaica.”

He went further to state that “the programmes will help provide a road map to success for many of the island’s youth.”

The six awards were issued, following the Embassy’s Notice of Funding Opportunity, which attracted over 70 applicants.

The recipients are Creative Language-Based Learning (CLBL) Foundation, Educatours JA Limited, JWN Foundation, Seprod Foundation, United Way of Jamaica and the International Iguana Foundation.

The CLBL Foundation is a non-profit, educational initiative designed to improve the learning ability of children across Jamaica, by developing a community of early childhood and special needs educators. Led by founder, Mandy Melville, CLBL will execute a programme involving literacy and numeracy training for teachers throughout the island.

Educatours JA Limited is an EdTech and adventure tour company, powered by exploration with gamification, storytelling and technology to enhance tours and learning. Co-founders Kadeem Pet-Grave and Simier Lansend will undertake a “Math and Money Challenge” aimed at addressing math anxiety and strengthening financial literacy among marginalized youth.

Known for its philanthropic pursuits, the JWN Foundation will delve into the issue of conflict resolution in schools. In partnership with the LASCO Chin Foundation and Learn The Fun, the JWN Foundation will facilitate intensive training for teachers and student participants on techniques to prevent dangerous and violent situations, towards promoting safe living and learning environments.

The Seprod Foundation will engage youth between the ages of 6-12 years for its Edu-Skate Extended programme. Through this sport-based educational initiative, the Foundation will aim to empower youth with life skills that instil discipline, determination, and self-motivation to achieve healthy personal goals.

The Read Right from the Start Train the Trainer initiative led by the United Way of Jamaica will aim to improve the capacity of teachers within the Early Childhood sector to deliver effective language and literacy programmes to children from birth to 6 years old. The United Way of Jamaica will also collaborate with the United Way of Greater Atlanta and language and literacy experts from the Rollins Centre, to conduct face-to-face training sessions in Jamaica with groups of early childhood teachers and representatives of the Early Childhood Commission.

Caribbean Rock Iguanas are the most imperiled group of lizards in the world and the Jamaican Rock Iguana, considered critically endangered, is arguably the most threatened among them. The International Iguana Foundation will undertake the Enhancing Conservation and Management of the Jamaican Rock Iguana. This programme highlights the progress that can be achieved through strong partnerships between US and Jamaican stakeholders, working towards the protection of Jamaica’s unique flora and fauna.

The US Embassy in Jamaica said it is pleased to support these initiatives that enhance our shared priorities towards progress, prosperity and peace.