The Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) has partnered with organizations in Jamaica and in the Diaspora to raise US$2 million to upgrade the infrastructure of early childhood and primary schools in Jamaica. Some of the proceeds will also seek to offer professional development and training for teachers.
The fundraising campaign is an inter-parish competition among Jamaicans across the globe. Donors will compete to raise funds for their respective parishes. The fundraising period begins November 1, 2016 and runs through January 31, 2017 following an official launch in Jamaica in November 2016.
The culminating event on January 31, 2017 will be the declaration of the parish winner of the competition. At the end of the donation period the donations are tallied by parish and the parish that has raised the most money is declared the winner. The “winning” parish will receive funds to support the infrastructure development for a second school from funds collected, considering the goal is met.
The campaign is part of a larger 5-year fundraising plan envisioned by the JDETF to encourage the Jamaica Diaspora community of three million strong to play a greater role in the development and transformation of education in Jamaica.