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).