Message from our Executive Director
Dear friends, 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 first round of both these goals in 2016. We have begun filming Mr Kippy Chin, a legendary math teacher, and will continue to build our library of math videos during 2017 in cooperation with UWI Community Film Project. Additionally, we conducted a professional development workshop in December with Dr Dionne Cross Francis of Indiana University.
We know the strength of the Jamaican culture and the people’s ability to excel. Our children are yearning for opportunities to learn. The Reggae Math Foundation plans to build a platform to let every child in Jamaica and beyond learn from these great Jamaican teachers.
Linda Bailey-McWeeney & the Reggae Math Foundation Team