"To assist in the developement of early childhood education in Jamaica by improving the quality of pre-school education and learning environments"
Jamaica Basic Schools Foundation (UK) (JBSF) is a registered charitable organisation and a company limited by guarantee, which has been established to aid children attending Basic Schools in Jamaica by advancing the education of those aged between 3 and 6 years. The Foundation will assist basic schools by providing facilities for the education, development and recreation of their students and the training and development of teachers.
Basic School Education is central to the early childhood education programme in Jamaica. There are over 1,500 basic schools in Jamaica that rely in large part upon voluntary effort and charitable contributions. JBSF will work closely with counterpart organisations in Jamaica that can play a collaborative role in effecting its undertaking. One such body is The Dudley Grant Memorial Trust which was established in Jamaica in 1989, shortly after the death of D.R.B. Grant, who is widely regarded as the father of basic schools in Jamaica. The Jamaica Ministry of Education will also be a key partner in JBSF's ongoing activities.
Specifically, the Foundation will be involved in fund-raising activities and will remit the gross majority of its proceeds to Jamaica. All funds raised will, therefore, benefit that sector of Jamaica's educational system which has the strongest impact on its youth in the most formative years of their preparation for adult life.
Founded by Ms. Josephine Williams, JBSF operates with five patrons, viz, The Jamaican High Commissioner, Miss Tessa Sanderson OBE, Mr John Barnes MBE, Sir Bill Morris and Mr. Courtney Walsh OJ.
The Foundation has six directors who also form part of the Foundation's Executive Committee that has been assembled to represent a range of professional skills in the areas of business administration accountancy, law, marketing and voluntary work.