PACE Canada

Project For Advancement Of Childhood Education, P.A.C.E. (Canada) is a Federally chartered non-profit organization founded in 1987 by Dr. Mavis Burke, Ph.D., O.ONT. to support Jamaican Basic (pre-schools) Schools in their cause to provide the best education possible for children in their early years. PACE's emphasis is on needy or disadvantaged children, ensuring they have access to the educational materials, nutrition, technology and healthy environment, essential for them to compete in this global and digital economy.

P.A.C.E. is the principal Funding Agency for the two OLPC Pilot projects in Providence Basic and August Town Primary. 

Previous iniatives funded by PACE includes the innovative "Tech Di Bus" Program which provides a custom designed air-conditioned mobile computer bus with 10 computers, a generator and Kindergarten software on a central server. With the partnership of the Ministry of Education, Jamaica, this “Mobile Computer Lab,” visits PACE ‘adopted’ basic schools in rural Jamaica, to teach basic computer skills to 3-6 year olds, with the teacher and the driver of the bus being provided by the Jamaica Ministry of Education.

UWI Township Project

The University Township Project is part of a University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI) initiative to foster a better relationship between the UWI and its neighbouring communities of the Greater August Town area by engaging in a more meaningful and collaborative partnership with members of the community, the private sector and other stakeholders.

UWI Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, Barry Chevannes, was instrumental in the development of the project, that focuses on six areas of needs: education, health, skills training, entrepreneurship, sports and culture and crime prevention.  The residents of the community benefit as the UWI increases its social, cultural and economic welfare activities. 

Among a variety of initiatives, the UWI has upgraded nine basic schools in the Greater August Town to facilitate the certification of the schools by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC). The Township Project has provided funding for the OLPCs for the August Town Primary school, and is an active participant in facilitating the Community engagement with the project.

  

LIME

LIME, the Caribbean's leading communications company has a longstanding commitment to the communities of the Caribbean from standing at the centre of recovery efforts during times of national emergency to investing more than US$5million into major carnivals, which celebrate culture, music, dance and Caribbeanness. LIME's stated committment to education is to "make sure every child in every one of our markets has access to a computer with an Internet connection, so they have access to a world of education".

The LIME foundation has donated J$1M to the OLPC Jamaica project to provide support for Computer Equipment, Teacher Training and Educational Content development.

 

Early Childhood Commission

The Early Childhood Commission is the legislated authority, with responsibility for Early Childhood Education in Jamaica. Functions of the ECC including advising on policy matters, including initiatives and actions to achieve national goals, Regulatory oversight of  early childhood institutions and the production of curriculum guides and other publications to support the effective delivery of Early Childhood Education.

Centre of Excellence, Mona School of Business

 The Centre of Excellence (CoE) for IT-enabled business innovations is an Applied Research unit within the Mona School of Business, the premier Business School in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

The Mission of the COE is to become a preferred source of information, knowledge and expertise, about the application of Open Source Software for business innovation, and to provide activist leadership in conceptualizing, building and disseminating ICT solutions in the wider business community, particularly Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs). 

The CoE is an active participant in OLPC Jamaica and provides technology and project management support to the current OLPC Pilot projects.

Moneague College

Moneague College, situated in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica was established in 1956 as the Moneague Teachers’ College for the training and certification of mature teachers for the Primary system in Jamaica. Since 1993, the Institution has expanded beyond a teacher training institution to a multi-disciplnary college, now operates under the auspices of the Joint Board of Teacher Education (JBTE), the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture.
Moneague is is an active participant in OLPC Jamaica, and will actively expose teacher educators and student teachers (the next cohort of class teachers) to the XO laptops and software for use in the teaching and learning process. The College will use the OLPC as a tool for the practical completion of the Technology in Education course objectives and will contribute to the bank of Sugar lesson plans and videos in conjunction with UWI pilots

OLPC San Francisco

OLPC San Francisco Bay Area is a general interest group in the San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area that seeks to promote interest, generate ideas and learn from each other about the OLPC Initiative. Members of the group support OLPC deployment projects across the world. Dr. Sameer Verma, San Francisco State University of the Group is a key member of the OLPC Jamaica team and is actively involved in the Jamaica Pilot projects