Hon. Lisa Hanna: Chair
Dr. Donald Rhodd: Vice - Chair
Miss Andrene Blackwin: Dir, Youth Policy & Programmes, NCYD
Mr. Keitho Nembhard: Youth Rep, Mandeville, Manchester
Professor Ronald Young: Science Expert
Mrs. Janice Miller: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade
Mrs. Diedra Coy: PIOJ
Tracy Ann Thomas: NGO/Civil Society Rep
Dr. Dorothy Raymond: Jamaica Teachers’ Assoc.
Mrs. Everlyn Craig Brow: Private Sector
Mr. Mark Thomas: JAMPRO (Creative Industries)
Mr. Lincoln Robinson: Information/Comm. Expert
Ms. Cheryl Brown: Jamaica Rep to Int’l Bioethics Committee
Ministry of Education Rep.
Mr. Everton Hannam: Secretary-General

Ambassador Vilma McNish is Jamaica's new Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Permanent Representative to the European Union and UNESCO. Ambassador McNish is expected to assume duties in April, 2012.

The National Bioethics Committee of Jamaica (NBCJ) invites all to a Public Forum “The Role of Bioethics in National Development” Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. The Anglican Church Hall, St. John’s Anglican Church, Milford Road, Ocho Rios, St. Ann "POSTPONED"

In the second year of the Assisting Bioethics Committees (ABC) Project, a second training course is to be held for members of the recently-established "POSTPONED"... Read more

UNESCO Award of Excellence for Handicrafts" in the English & Dutch speaking Caribbean".

Hon. Lisa Hanna, new Minister with responsibility for UNESCO.

Hon. Minister Lisa Hanna and Secretary General Everton Hannam during his courtesy call.


Mrs. Rosemarie Vernon Chair Educator
Dr. Simon Clarke Vice-Chair Educator
Mrs. Dahlia Repole   Principal, Excelsior Community College
Mrs. Elaine Foster-Allen   National Education Inspectorate
Dr. Carolyn Hayle   Executive Director, HEART Trust/NTA
Mr. Robert Parua   Programme Specialist, Education, UNESCO Office of the Caribbean
Mr. Andre Stephens   National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD)
Ms. Merris Murray   Executive Director, Early Childhood Commission
Dr.  Adolph Cameron   Secretary-General, JTA
Mr. Ruel Reid   Principal, Jamaica College
Dr. Ralph Thompson   Educator
Dr. Dennis Minott   Education Consultant
Dr. Allison Cross   Executive Director, Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Dr. Rebecca Tortello   Advisor, Minister of Education
Dr.. Gloria Burke   Rep, Joint Board of Teachers Education
Dr. Maria Smith   Programme Manager, JNC-UNESCO
Mr. Everton Hannam   Secretary-General, JNC-UNESCO


Supporting Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Programming in Jamaica
From 15-19 August, 2011, the Ministry of Education, Jamaica, in collaboration with the UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean and Institute for Statistics (UIS) in Montreal, Canada, conducted a training and orientation workshop in the Literacy Assessment Monitoring Programme (LAMP).

LAMP is a UNESCO initiative managed by UIS that aims to develop a methodology for the direct assessment of literacy skills among the adult population by using household surveys. This new methodology, together with reinforced capacities, will provide the foundation for the production of accurate, reliable data on literacy skills among the adult population. The programme is already being piloted in 10 countries (from Africa, the Arab region, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean).

Jamaica has been selected as the first country in the Caribbean to pilot the LAMP project. It is hoped that the experience of implementing LAMP in Jamaica can gradually be expanded throughout the Caribbean.

The participating institutions in the LAMP project are: Ministry of Education, University of the West Indies, Planning Institute of Jamaica, Jamaica Foundation for Life-long Learning, Jamaica Council for Adult Education and Statistical Institute of Jamaica.

The main goal of the five day workshop was to raise awareness and assist the Jamaican LAMP project team in designing an Assessment Plan, the National Planning Report as well as adapting LAMP instruments to the country’s needs.  Jamaica’s participation in the LAMP project is supported financially by the Inter American Development Bank (IADB). (Source: UNESCO Caribbean)

Visit to UNEVOC centres

In November 2010, UNESCO supported the Executive Director of the HEART Trust/NTA in Jamaica to visit the UNEVOC Centre in Bonn on a study tour of the TVET programmes and systems in Germany.  Dr. Carolyn Hayle also visited UNEVOC Centres in Germany facilitated by the UNESCO International UNEVOC Centre in Bonn. UNESCO will promote such study tours for other UNEVOC Centres in the region. (Source: UNESCO Caribbean)

CaribECD website

UNESCO’s support has facilitated the renovation of the CaribECD website, , which was re-launched as part of the Jamaica “Early Childhood Development Expo”, held in July 2011. The website has been updated and expanded, making more current, Caribbean-relevant ECD information available, and includes the opening of an electronic forum (e-forum) for visitors to communicate and share among themselves. (Source: UNESCO Caribbean)



Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness

Around the world September 8 is being celebrated as UNESCO’s International Literacy Day under the theme ‘Literacy for Peace’.  We have made literacy a policy priority in the Ministry of Education and I join with UNESCO Secretary General Irina Bokova in urging our schools to make literacy a priority in practice, "so that every individual can develop their potential, and actively participate in shaping more sustainable, just and peaceful societies". 'Literacy for Peace’ is particularly relevant to Jamaica, which sadly is known for having one of the highest rates of violence in the world. As the 2011/2012 school year gets underway let us make it the most peaceful one yet by encouraging discussion over discord, tolerance over anger and calm over chaos.

Reading is fundamental – to life and to living.  The importance of reading and developing a love of books from a young age cannot be overstated.  The Ministry of Education is working hard to promote a love of reading from as early as possible, because we need our children to enter primary schools as emergent readers.  Internationally research has shown that there is a 90% probability that a child who is a poor reader in the first grade will be a poor reader in the fourth grade and we want to break that trend and break it now.

Through our policies, and the support we provide, the Ministry of Education continues to emphasize the early development of literacy skills, implementing various initiatives that give attention to emergent, developmental, corrective and remedial facets of literacy instruction.  In addition, we want all our teachers to not only encourage and model good reading habits at school, but to also reach out to our parents and help them to do the same at home.  We encourage every Jamaican to join the Jamaica Library Service and become regular visitors to the country's strong network of parish, branch, school and mobile libraries. We encourage all of our principals and school boards to support their school libraries

As we enter this new school year we plan to continue maximizing all of our resources to help our teachers and parents make exploring books with children a regular activity. We intend to continue encouraging them to use reading as a way of fostering the development of higher order critical and creative thinking skills. 

We need children when they read to be guided to think and reflect on the book examined, to look closely at the pictures and identify things they recognize, note things they have never seen before and ask questions, make predictions and, importantly, be able to explain why they liked the book or why they did not like it.

Last but not least, we want our children to enjoy books because reading is above all, fun.

Find a book today, read and enjoy.

UNESCO launched TVETIPEDIA, an online portal for the exchange of information on technical and vocational education and training (TVET)


2005-2009: Mrs. Elaine Foster Allen, Principal, Shortwood Teachers’ College is Jamaica’s representative on the International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC)


IBE. 60th Council; Geneva, 2011: Proceedings and decisions - Download pdf

UNESCO celebrated “the power of women’s literacy” on 8 September, International Literacy Day. See Photo Gallery



“Higher education is a social public good, a universal human right, and a responsibility of Member States” was the declaration made at the conclusion of the Regional Conference on Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (CRES) which took place June 2008 in Columbia.

A survey presented at the conference showed inconsistencies and lack of regulation in higher education throughout the entire region. For example, data from 28 of the 33 UNESCO Member States showed a 32 per cent coverage rate for higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean, as opposed to 68 per cent in Asia and 87 per cent in Europe. The study also illustrated that the percentage of GDP invested in education was not enough considering it plays such an important role in national development.

Regional policies for higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean will be further discussed at the World Conference on Higher Education to take place in 2009.



Caribbean Vizion in collaboration with the UNESCO Caribbean Cluster Office and The JNC-UNESCO, launched the EduCulture School Tour at the MICO Counselling Centre on 5 May 2008 and has since visited 16 schools in Jamaica.

The Educulture Forum, chaired by Choc’late Allen, is designed as a motivational and inspirational exercise that engages students in structured group discussions on key youth related social issues.

This young dynamite is both a positive role model for youth in the region and an articulate and ardent advocate for her peers. She has dedicated her time and talent to using the performing arts to educating youths in the region on a number of issues, including HIV/AIDS, violence, drugs, piracy, and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.

Countries/Islands toured

2002 & 2005 -St Vincent and the Grenadines - 50 & 85 schools visited respectively.
2002 & 2004 -St Lucia - 75 & 45 schools visited
2003 & 2005 -St Kitts and Nevis – 35 & 35 schools visited
2004 -Grenada - 2 motivational youth group sessions after Hurricane Ivan
2005 & 2006 –Guyana -150 schools visited.
2006 –Antigua & Barbuda - 25 schools visited.
2006 –Dominica - 25 schools visited.
2007 -Trinidad & Tobago - 60 schools visited.
2007 –Jamaica - mini tour - 16 schools visited.

The dynamic youngster, Choc’late Allen
Students at the Launch



HIV/AIDS was a focus of the Committee which worked closely with the Caribbean Cluster Office in the implementation of a number of successful initiatives during the year:

  • The creation of a UNESCO Chair in Education and HIV/AIDS
  • The first ever Caribbean Conference on Education in HIV/AIDS which saw the adoption of a National Policy on HIV/ AIDS Management in Schools


HeartTrust NTA was presented with a UNEVOC CENTRE AWARD. The organization has been a proactive UNEVOC Centre in furthering UNESCO goals in Technical and Vocational Education and Training through its programmes which contributed to the development of skilled labour in Jamaica.

In 1957-1958 the term “Participation Programme” was used for the first time in the Programme and Budget.

Originally, assistance was given to Member States for unplanned activities - “technical aid services for special activities”.

The Participation Programme is an integral part of the Organization’s biennial programme.