The British Council in partnership with Victoria Mutual Foundation Limited and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MoEYI), will be delivering a three-year Social Enterprise in Secondary Schools Programme in Jamaica.
Six secondary schools – St. Elizabeth Technical High School, Montego Bay High School, Kingston Technical High School, Charlie Smith High School, Greater Portmore High School, and Denbigh High – have been selected to participate in the pilot programme which aims to increase student’s knowledge of social innovation and entrepreneurship. Using the British Council’s Social Enterprise in Schools Resource Pack, which also incorporates the British Council core skills, it is expected that this programme will help to address the gap in global skills development which is critical to meeting the needs of students in the 21st century in a globalised economy. In addition to the six core skills – Critical thinking and problem solving, Collaboration and communication, Creativity and imagination, Citizenship, Digital literacy, and Student leadership – the programme will also include financial literacy as the 7th core skill.
Country Director of the British Council, Olayinka Jacobs Bonnick, is very pleased with the partnership and the school programme, sharing that, “This is the flagship programme for our Youth and Social Enterprise Portfolio, but it’s also a very important opportunity for us to move towards a common future together, as we support teachers and young people, both in Jamaica and the UK, to gain the 21st century skills necessary to excel in an interconnected world.”