Boys in Education Week 2019 photo
Dennis Lynch, an 8th-grade student at Brown’s Town High School was pleased with the advice he was receiving from O-rane Gray, Business and Technology Manager at Caribbean Broilers Limited. ©

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Across the world we're working through exceptional and challenged times. That is why, with deep sadness, we have taken the difficult decision of postponing the Boys in Education Week  planned to take place on May 4-8, 2020 at the Terranova Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. We're aware of the importante of this event for many of our students, teachers, parents and partners, but the health and well-being of everyone engaged with our programmes and services in Jamaica are our top priority.

Any relevant information will be shared with you all at the right time. Many thanks for your understanding and please take care.

The British Council will be presenting our fourth annual Boys In Education Week from 04-07 May 2020, under the theme: The Changemakers!. Since it's inception in 2017, we have had the support of major stakeholders such as UNESCO and the Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation, who share our commitment to youth development in Jamaica.    

Each year, we bring the key stakeholders who play a role in the development of boys to the table - parents, teachers, policy-makers and the government - to share ideas and best practices on how we can gradually increase the number of boys who perform well at the primary and secondary levels of the education system. This is supported by providing 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.

Boys in Education Week 2019 photo
Businessman Douglas Orane shared insights from his many years of experience during the Boys Can mentoring Day in 2019.  ©

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Boys in Education Week 2019 photo
Queneice Johnson, a 9th-grade student at Mile Gully High School, was eager to learn more about GraceKennedy Group from Tanketa Chance-Wilson, General Manager of Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation. ©

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Boys in Education Week 2019 photo
Students and teachers in attendance at the Boys Can Mentoring Day in 2019.  ©

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Boys' Can Mentoring Day
Students from Mount Pleasant Academy accompanied by a teacher, came out to participate in the Boys' Can Mentoring Day during Boys in Education Week 2019.  ©

Kiwayne Jacobs

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:

Date  Venue Event Capacity
04 May 2020  TBC Empowering Educators Seminar 100 Teachers
05 May 2020  TBC  Empowering Parents Seminar 75 Parents 
06 May 2020  TBC  "Boys Can" Mentoring Day Four boys and one teacher per school (grades 5-9)
07 May 2020 TBC  Career Speed Networking Event for Boys and Girls Five students (boys and girls), one teacher per school (grades 7-9)

*Please note:

  1. Each participant must submit a completed media consent form, including minors for whom we require parental consent to capture still and video footage of them. 
  2. Bear in mind the capacity per school per event. 

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