Jeffrey 'Agent Sasco' Campbell
Jeffrey 'Agent Sasco' Campbell engaging boys during the Speed Mentoring Day.  ©

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The British Council will be presenting our third annual Boys In Education Week from 29 April – 02 May 2019, under the theme: Boys Can!. After an overwhelmingly positive response to the 2017 and 2018 editions of the week of events, we're happy to share that the Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation has partnered with the British Council to officially launch year one of our three-year-long mentoring programme. Likewise, UNESCO has come on board as a strategic partner for the 2019 staging of Boys in Education Week. This year’s event will again focus on our boys, their teachers, parents, and other stakeholders who play a role in their development. 

Last year we presented an opportunity for our male students (grades 5-9) to highlight the challenges and opportunities in their school life. Simultaneously, we brought parents, teachers and policy-influencing stakeholders to the table to engage each other in a meaningful way and discuss challenges, opportunities and possible solutions to address boys’ learning, motivation, and engagement with their schooling, and consequently to improve levels of academic achievement and personal and socio-economic development.

Career Speed Networking Event 2018.
Career Speed Networking Event 2018.  ©

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Boys In Education Week 2018
These digitally-savvy boys were all too happy to collect some 'likes' in our Facebook frame.  ©

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Mentor Greg Purkiss engages a group of students during the Boys Can Mentoring Day in 2018.
Mentor Greg Purkiss engages a group of students during the Boys Can Mentoring Day in 2018.  ©

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Guests at the Social Enterprise Opening Session: Phase Two, 2018
Teachers discuss some of the issues they're facing and recommendations during the Empowering Educators Seminar in 2018.  ©

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Boys Can: Parents Empowerment Forum
Rhodes Scholar Timar Jackson engages parents during the Empowering Parents Seminar in 2018.  ©

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Boys In Education Week was developed to coincide with Child Month and is grounded in the Trilateral Champions Project commissioned by the British Council in partnership with the Jamaica Teaching Council. The week of activities seeks to give students more confidence in their ability to contribute responsibly to society while creating a safe space for dialogue and sharing new ideas for teachers and education leaders from Jamaica and the UK. 

The Week of Activities

All events will be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Downtown, Kingston.

Date  Event Capacity
29 April 2019 Empowering Educators Seminar 100 Teachers
30 April 2019  Empowering Parents Seminar 75 Parents 
01 May 2019  "Boys Can" Mentoring Day Five boys and one teacher per school (grades 5-9)
02 May 2019 Career Speed Networking Event for Boys and Girls Five students (boys and girls), one teacher per school (grades 7-9)

Please download and complete the necessary Registration Form and mail to

*Please note:

  1. Each participant must have media consent form filled out for them, including minors who require parental consent for us to take still and video footage of them. 
  2. Bear in mind the capacity per school per event. 

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