The British Council presented their second annual Boys In Education Week from 30 April – 03 May 2018, under the theme: Supporting a Nation of Champions. After an overwhelmingly positive inaugural staging, last year’s event again focused on our boys, their teachers, parents, and other stakeholders who play a role in their holistic development.
“Last year (2017) 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, to discuss challenges, opportunities and possible solutions to address boys’ learning, motivation and engagement. We also aim to address the wider issue of gender equity, with a view to demonstrating how engaging boys, contributes to a more egalitarian education system, for the advancement of both, boys and girls.” explains Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick, British Council’s Director for Jamaica.
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.