Learning Centre





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Project Description

Region: Other

Country: Jamaica

Location: Negril

Total Budget: $55,893

Area of Focus: None

The consequences of missing out on education are profound and sadly all too visible to organisations, such as the Rotary Club of Negril, Franciscan Friars and Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Church, involved in service in the Negril Community.

For many years these organisations have supported needy families to ensure their children can afford to be in school every day; most notably through a programme called Get Kids to School (GKTS), beginning its 6th year of operation. In 2015/16 GKTS assisted 200 children, in early childhood and primary education through to High School.

GKTS is an intervention designed to avoid the consequences of missed education, through this application we seek to increase the programme's capacity. Through involvement in the community and working with schools, we seek to develop 2 further, complementary elements of this application:

• Training for teachers

• A Learning Centre for children

The bulk of operational funding is provided by the Franciscan Friars of Western Canada; for the past 5 years Rotary Negril has also contributed financially, and its member's time and efforts help to sustain the programme. In addition, MGH and Franciscan benefactors have supported the programme.

In 2012, with RC Grapevine as international partners, a new 15-seat school bus was donated to Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic church through a TRF Matching Grant, since then MGoH has covered running and maintenance costs. The bus continues to be a key element of the programme, providing transportation to school. Areas identified as training needs:

• Conflict resolution

• Information technology

• Teaching 2nd language (Spanish)

• Counselling

• Assistance with teaching numeracy & literacy

• Etc.

The "how" is being developed. We will involve teacher exchanges involving colleges and/or secondary schools and/or perhaps a Vocational Training Team of teachers. There are also resources in Negril to provide instruction in conflict resolution and there is also the possibility to receive two lay-Franciscan volunteers for a 2-year stints. They may fit nicely into these projects which basically build on the premise of getting the children to school and having teachers better suited to educate them in subjects and skills that will produce significant outcomes in terms of productive employment and the ability to support themselves and their families.

The concept for the Learning Centre is that MGoH/FF would acquire premises and meet operational costs, utilities etc.; assistance via the grant would be in the form of equipment such as computers, printers, and making teacher training available.

The Centre would have 2 main purposes at the outset:

1. A study/homework/research facility for GKTS children between the ages of 8 to 18, who simply do not have access to a good learning environment at home. Many homes in Jamaica do not have a computer, some areas of the community do not have a reliable electricity supply and in some cases children just do not have the space for completing homework. It would be a supervised facility (Franciscan) offering coaching and may include structured teaching.

2. Provide teacher training to meet needs identified by local teachers, to provide knowledge and skills to increase their capacity to identify and overcome challenges to learning that their students face in their lives and in the classroom.

Primary Host Partner

District: 7020

Rotary Club of: Negril

Primary Contact: Ken Cooney

Email: ken.cooney@yahoo.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5790

Rotary Club of: Grapevine

Primary Contact: Conrad Heede

Email: ccheede@aol.com

Project Status

Your project is "Fully Pledged". This means the amount of the pledges is equal to the total budget of the project. Now the project needs to be finalized and go through the approval process with The Rotary Foundation. This process gets started on the administration page.

Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1978588.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Negril (7020)





Grapevine (5790)





San Diego Coastal (5340)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries


by Conrad Heede

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Mark Kirkpatrick

System Entry: Pledge of $2,381 with $2,381 DDF by Mark Kirkpatrick of the Rotary Club of San Diego Coastal, District 5340.


by Mark Kirkpatrick

System Entry: Pledge of $3,286 with $3,286 DDF by Mark Kirkpatrick of the Rotary Club of San Diego Coastal, District 5340.


by Mark Kirkpatrick

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Conrad Heede

Following TRF statement that under Future Vision, we could no longer fund the purchase of the much needed larger bus, the project has been redesigned strictly as a Learning Center (see revised "Description") and the budget is now $55,893. We are fully funded providing all pledges are still in place and all DDF requests granted.


by Conrad Heede

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".


by Conrad Heede

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".


by Conrad Heede

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Mark Kirkpatrick

TRF requested more info. Currently being submitted.

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