Message from our Executive Director And Founder
My name is Linda Bailey-McWeeney and I am a Jamaican educator and economist based in New York. Since 2015, I have been engaged in very sobering discussions with educators about the status of math education in Jamaica. Specifically, many low-income students are not receiving the education they deserve. A 2013 report from the Ministry of Education shows an alarming 17% of cohorts obtained passes in the traditional Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) high school math exam over a ten-year period.
I founded the Reggae Math Foundation because I firmly believe that our children are capable of much, much more. Our plan has several phases to solve the long-term issues related to math education in Jamaica and ultimately address issues of economic development.
The initial phase of our plan covers two main area. First, film the lectures of Jamaica’s excellent and engaging teachers who have a history of success in reaching students. We will use these recordings to create a video library that is freely accessible to students. Second, working with proven professional development programs, we will give teachers the tools they need to reach more students.
I’m proud to say we’ve already executed the filmed over 10 classes thanks to our Hummingbird Supporters. We are working on finding the support needed to edit these videos and to share them. We have now done 5 professional development workshops with math teachers from over 20 institutions in the Kingston and St. Catherine region. These workshops focus on hands-on and active learning methods. If you are interested in supporting our work or funding manipulatives for any of the schools we work with, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All funds donated through Facebook and our website will support our professional development workshops in 2019.
We know the strength of the Jamaican culture and the people’s ability to excel. Our children and teachers are yearning for opportunities to learn. How can we help them. Please click here!
Linda Bailey-McWeeney & the Reggae Math Foundation Team
Updated February 14, 2019