Partnership Through Diaspora Links Sets Another Education Summit For Florida To Benefit Jamaica

Leo Gilling

New York, NY.

The Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF), is partnering with Broward College in Florida, to stage their 4th Advancement in Education Summit in Coconut Creek, Florida, from April 7-10.

Since its convening approximately five and a half years ago, following the 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference in Jamaica, the JDETF has been consistent in their mantra to advance education in Jamaica. This will be the second year that the Education Summit will take place in the USA. The Broward College partnership includes the primary collaborating JDETF stakeholders – the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and the National Education Trust.

Under the theme “Expanding the Diaspora Partnership for Education Transformation” the JDETF has once again raised the bar in seeking support from educational organizations able to align their plans with those of the Task Force’s vision thus creating a win-win initiative for those at the table. The support base in the Diaspora continues to play a key role in promoting the Summit that allows for Jamaican teachers to see and learn and develop relationships that benefit their development.

JDETF convener, Leo Gilling, believes that “These Summits bring our colleagues from the Diaspora, Jamaica and now our Caribbean family, together to strengthen relationships and create a broader network for engagements to advance education.”

Leading the 4th Summit and liaison with Broward College is Lesleyann Samuel, one of the founding core members of the JDETF and the current President of the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations USA Inc. (UJAA). The goals of the four-day Summit will include opportunities for the expected 150 teachers and administrators from Jamaica to engage with their counterparts in Florida.

Chairman Lesleyann Samuel points out that “Summit 4 fulfils multiple goals of the JDETF’s six-year plan by focusing on improving and supporting the teachers, and thus the students, at all levels, by providing the tools to compete in an increasingly globalized community.”

“We invite anyone interested in the advancement of education in Jamaica to join us,” Samuel said.

By Aubrey Campbell

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