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Empowering youth through education


TEACH Caribbean is a Jamaican educational NGO started by Jamaican Rhodes Scholars with seed capital provided by Rhodes Trust in U.K. to improve the access to quality education for high school students via innovative programming.

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Empowering youth through education


TEACH Caribbean is a Jamaican educational NGO started by Jamaican Rhodes Scholars with seed capital provided by Rhodes Trust in U.K. to improve the access to quality education for high school students via innovative programming.

What we do

TEACH Caribbean's inaugural programme is the Mathematics and English "Bootcamp".

TEACH Caribbean runs an annual five-week summer Mathematics and English Bootcamp at two non-traditional high schools in the parish of Manchester. The Bootcamp is a 4 year programme -- the chosen students join during the summer after grade 7 and are invited back each year (as long as they show continued improvement and a commitment to excellence) until they enter grade 11, the critical year for the regional CSEC exams.

The current cohort started in 2013 and has now completed the full 4 years of the programme, culminating with the sitting of the CSEC exams in 2017. In 2018, students from this cohort will be able to apply for scholarship funding to pursue further tertiary or vocational studies in 2018.

Why we do it

Non-traditional high schools are under-resourced with the many of the children failing Mathematics and English. In addition, not all teachers are completing the syllabi each year, resulting in under-prepared students sitting the regional CSEC exams in grade 11. TEACH aims to play its role in helping to level the playing field, while complementing versus substituting the existing educational system, through its "Bootcamp" programme.

 

What do the students learn?               

  • Mathematics and English
  • Innovative, interactive methods used
  • Curriculum focuses on problem areas from the preceding school year.

What are other student benefits? 

  • Daily cooked lunch and transportation allowance
  • Personalized attention with student:teacher ratio of 15:1.

Who are the Teachers?               

  • Top local Jamaican teachers (up to 3 are selected)
  • Current Rhodes Scholars at Oxford University (up to 2 are selected)
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The difference we have made


Our 2013 Cohort who we have worked with for 4 years sat the region-wide grade 11 exam (CSEC) in 2017 with majority of our TEACH students achieving a score of '1' or '2'. 

The difference we have made


Our 2013 Cohort who we have worked with for 4 years sat the region-wide grade 11 exam (CSEC) in 2017 with majority of our TEACH students achieving a score of '1' or '2'. 

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Overall results - 2013 Cohort (2013-2017)

TEACH tests the students at the beginning and end of summer, covering the same topics on the test for both papers. The objective is to see at least a 20% improvement in test scores over the summer period to signal better understanding of the subject areas. The TEACH students showed marked improvement each year, exceeding our programme’s targets, and also excelled in the region-wide grade 11 exams which this 2013 Cohort sat in Spring 2017.

Region-wide exam results (grade 11 - 2017)

For our 42 students across May Day and Mile Gully high schools in the parish of Manchester, the following results were achieved by our students. Please note, a grade 1 is the highest pass possible, with a grade of 4 or below representing a failing grade.

Math:

% passed (ie scored grades 1-3): 87%

% passed (ie scored grades 1 & 2): 56%

English

% passed (ie scored grades 1-3): 95%

% passed (ie scored grades 1 & 2): 80%

These TEACH students performed considerably higher than their peers at their high schools.

Summer 2016 Results

The average summer 2016 test scores at the beginning and end of the summer were as follows:  

  • MATH: 31% ----->>62%

  • ENGLISH: 62% ----->>75%

Individual report cards were provided to students and parents.

Summer 2015 Results

The average summer 2015 test scores at the beginning and end of the summer were as follows:  

  • MATH: 4% ----->>72%

  • ENGLISH: 60% ----->>71%

Individual report cards were provided to students and parents.

Summer 2014 Results

The average summer 2014 test scores at the beginning and end of the summer were as follows:  

  • MATH: 30% ----->>51%

  • ENGLISH: 50% ----->>65%

Attendance rate of 93%.

Individual report cards were provided to students and parents.

Summer 2013 Results

The average summer 2013 test scores at the beginning and end of the summer were as follows:  

  • MATH: 54% ----->>79%

  • ENGLISH: 44% ----->>69%

Individual report cards were provided to students and parents.


The Pilot Results

For the "Pilot" Cohort, the average test score across the pilot years went from:

  • MATH: 19% at beginning of summer to 35% at the end.

  • ENGLISH: 46% at beginning of summer to 61% at the end.

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Contribute


US$300 covers the cost of 1 student for the summer; $1200 for the 4 years.

Contribute


US$300 covers the cost of 1 student for the summer; $1200 for the 4 years.

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Ways to Donate

You can donate to TEACH using one of these methods:

1. Click on link below to donate.

American Friends of Jamaica processes these transactions for TEACH Caribbean and all donations are tax deductible in the USA. Where possible, when choosing this method, please also send a brief email to mpm@alum.mit.edu indicating that a donation was made.

 

OR...

2. Make a donation via NCB account # 061121439 or make a cheque out to "TEACH Caribbean", and mail it to:

Peter Goldson c/o TEACH Caribbean,

21 East Street,

Kingston, Jamaica W.I. 

Our Financials

It costs TEACH up to US$300 per student annually to deliver the summer programme offering. TEACH is able to keep its costs down because it is mostly a volunteer-run organization except for the paid Executive Director and Teacher positions.

100% of funds donated go directly towards funding the summer programme to cover:

  • Teacher salaries
  • Daily cooked lunch and transportation allowance for students
  • School supplies
  • Prize giving
  • Foreign teacher (Rhodes Scholar) housing and transportation

Overhead is funded by the Leadership Team.