Enrichment Initiative to Increase Literacy at the Primary School Level

The alliance seeks to suport basic education to improve reading in Grades 1-3.

Enrichment Initiative to Increase Literacy at the Primary School Level

The Enrichment Initiative is an island-wide Information and Communication Technology (ICT) partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE) in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of 100% literacy by 2015. The project’s design twins ICTs and more individualized instruction for students in grades one through three who are having extreme difficulties in achieving their grade level in reading. Assessments are used to ascertain current reading levels as well as any special learning needs or challenges students may have. Differentiated teaching methodologies are employed to entice students and ‘enrich’ the learning and teaching experience that address the identified learning needs of students.

The Enrichment Initiative was first launched, in partnership with the MoE in 2009. To date, there are 108 schools now benefitting from these literacy interventions in all six regions across the island. Students involved have shown an average improvement of two grade levels within the first year of engagement. In 2013, the Digicel Foundation signed a cooperative agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand this initiative to include an additional 95 schools over the next three years. In the first year of the project, 11 centres will be established and 31 carts distributed. Training of the teachers from the selected schools is scheduled to take place in August of each year, with new ECs and MECs established and distributed by the start of each academic year (September 2013).


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Digicel Jamaica Foundation

    Implementing NGO, Foundation
    Jamaica | Staff size: Unknown

    Digicel Foundation is a non-profit organization that distributes and utilizes funds on a charitable basis for the sole purpose of building communities and community spirit in Jamaica.


  • Camara Foundation

    Development Consulting, Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 6-25

    Camara is a non-profit international organisation dedicated to using technology to improve education and livelihood skills in disadvantaged communities around the world. With better education...

  • Ministry of Education, Jamaica

    Jamaica | Staff size: Unknown

    The Ministry of Education (MoE) is the government entity responsible for the management and administration of public education in Jamaica. The Ministry of Education was first established in...

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Key Information

LocationJamaica, Latin America and Caribbean
  • Start Date 2013
  • End Date 2016
  • ValueUSD 3.71 Million