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>30% improvement in Math & English in summer 2014

TEACH held its annual prize-giving for the summer programme on August 15, 2014 to celebrate the students' achievements. Overall the average test scores at the beginning and end of summer improved from 30% --> 51% in Mathematics and 50% to 65% in English. Sixty-four students on Cohort 2013 were invited back to be a part of the programme in summer 2014.

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Jamaica Rhodes Scholar to join Summer 2014 teaching team

Dr. Luke Foster has been selected to join TEACH Caribbean's summer teaching team for its Math and English bootcamp. Dr. Foster comes is currently pursuing his Master of Science degree in Public Health and has his medical degree from the University of the West Indies. Dr. Foster is passionate about youth development and empowerment. TEACH welcomes Dr. Luke Foster.

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TEACH receives AFJ grant award for summer 2013 programme

TEACH Caribbean is proud to announce that we have received a grant award from the American Friends of Jamaica Foundation. Started over 20 years ago, AFJ is a foundation based in the United States and has a mission to support the efforts of local non-governmental organizations in providing assistance to Jamaicans in need. The foundation was founded and is currently governed by former US ambassadors to Jamaica. We thank AFJ for making us one of the select few beneficiaries of funds that they provide.

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Strong student results for summer programme 2013

TEACH Caribbean selected seventy-eight rising grade 8 students to attend its summer programme this year, as "Cohort 2013". The students were taught by five Math & English Coaches: three top Jamaican teachers and two current Rhodes Scholars (from New Zealand and Botswana). The summer curriculum consisted of problem areas from the grade 7 syllabus, as identified by the Diagnostic Test administered to the students in May 2013 (near to the end of their grade 7 year).

Students are tested at the beginning and end of the summer on these problem areas. For 2013, the average Math score was 54% at the beginning, and increased to 79% at the end of the summer. The average English score was 44% at the beginning, and increased to 69% at the end of the summer.

Prize-giving was held at the end of the summer and was well attended by the students, parents, Principals and teachers of May Day and Mile Gully high schools, local politicians, Minister or Education (who gave the keynote address) and corporate sponsors.

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Former CFO of West Indies Alumina joins TEACH as Executive Director

Ms. Wynette Miller-Terrelonge, former CFO of West Indies Alumina, joins TEACH Caribbean as the Executive Director. Ms. Miller has over two decades of management experience and is viewed as a leader and strong contributor in the Mandeville (Manchester) area. TEACH Caribbean is fortunate to find someone of Ms. Miller's caliber to lead the organization's operations and programming. Welcome Wynette!

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Fundraising efforts restart and are underway to support full-scale operations, post pilot

TEACH Caribbean has begun fundraising efforts to support the launch of full-scale operations coming out of a successful three-year pilot. A Cohort of 80-90 students will be selected to start this 4 year summer programme in 2013, returning to TEACH every summer until 2016. The leadership team has been augmented and consists of:

Mariame McIntosh, Founder & President

Robert Chen, Vice-President

Peter Goldson, Treasurer

Darren Jordan, Marketing and Events Director

An Executive Director will be recruited to lead operations in Jamaica.

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Rhodes Trust grants seed financing to fund Math and English summer pilot programme.

Rhodes Trustees approve recommendation from the Warden of Rhodes House, Dr. John Rowett, to provide seed financing to fund the pilot project for a Math and English 'bootcamp' for high school students in rural Jamaica. The differentiating aspects of the summer pilot project is:

1. Students will be taught Math and English focused on problem areas from the preceding school year to prepare them for the upcoming school year.

2. High schools that are under-resourced and not considered as traditional high schools are the ones included in the pilot.

3. Innovative teaching methods will be used with a focus on student participation and interaction and review.

4. Student to teacher ratio will be 15:1 instead of the usual 40: 1.

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