School Report: Windsor Forest Primary, Jamaica

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Edgar Lewis

 

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Windsor Forest is a poor farming community in eastern Jamaica. Many of the residents have no access to the type of education which could assist their efforts to improve themselves and the community.  The Windsor Forest Primary school, with its crammed classrooms, is where most of the children in the community are educated first. They usually move on to the Fair Prospect High School, which is often the last school many of them end up attending.

Shashamane Sunrise intends to help improve education in the entire community by ensuring the next generations of residents move on to universities and get the type of education that is needed to help them advance in this information driven world.

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Shashamane Sunrise began sponsoring Windsor Forest Primary School in 2010. During our first visit, we saw where teachers were conducting classes under trees at the mercy of the sun, rain and other elements. One of our first strategies was to finish constructing a reading room/library at the school. After the building was completed, we went on to furnish the reading room and equip it with computers, internet, fax machines and a printer.

We are happy to report that our intervention has borne fruit. Since Shashamane Sunrise began working the school, passes in the local GSAT examination (the entry examination to Jamaican High Schools) have moved from a low of 39% to 78% in 2013, to 85% in 2015. Several of our students have also been accepted at the more reputable Titchfield and Happy Grove High Schools in the parish.

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Far too many students at the Windsor Forest Primary school are from very poor families, and they often have to go to school without breakfast and lunch. The school has been trying to counter this problem through an entrepreneurial program, where they raise chickens for use in their canteen and sell the excess to the community.

On Sunday, January 17, 2016 the organization will be hosting a charity concert called “A Promise to Keep” at Villa Ronai, in Kingston, Jamaica. Doors open at 6:30pm JMT and the event will feature food, open bar and musical performances by Jazz Artiste Samantha Gooden and others. The event will be hosted by Miss Jamaica World 2015 Dr Sanneta Myrie will include auction items from World Renowned Artist Dr Leroy Clarke, Fashion Designer Claudia Pegus and more.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Windsor Forest School, Kingston College’s Fortis Pavilion and the Early Childhood Program in Trench Town Jamaica.

We are inviting you to join us for this special evening. Your support will go a far way in helping several young Jamaicans get the education needed to escape the crippling claws of poverty.

Tickets can be purchase at http://www.shashamanesunrise.org/event/shash-jamaica-benefit/

Volunteers from Shashamane Sunrise will travel to Jamaica this Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, January 14-24, 2006 for Shash Jamaica Service Tour. The detailed itinerary for the trip can be found at http://www.shashamanesunrise.org/shashjam-service-tour. The highlight of the trip will be the expansion of the school’s social entrepreneurship venture, the “Chicken Coup”, which provides chicken for the school’s Lunch Program and for sale to the community to generate revenue for the school’s ongoing activities.

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