Greetings from Jamaica — land of wood and water, sea and sun – but a country with many needs!
Thus, I beg a few minutes of your time to read about our extraordinary efforts at responding to these needs by developing and implementing education programmes, which include teacher training, from early childhood to adult levels.
Since 1992 the Catholic College of Mandeville (CCM), a tertiary institution, has grown from the inaugural 18 students to almost 700. Our Mission calls us to provide access to education for persons in the poorer rural areas of Jamaica who have the desire and potential for the teaching profession. Accreditation of our programmes - the Diploma in Primary Education, the B.Ed. and now imminent the M.Ed. - is a witness to our efforts at maintaining standards in spite of offering the courses at reasonable cost. According to reports from outside the college, including Accreditation and Ministry personnel, and our graduates, the programmes are transformative – both in teaching and learning.
Our mission is to provide quality education with an emphasis on teacher-training for adults at an affordable cost in a format convenient to their social/family responsibilities and their initial academic standard. CCM targets the individuals from rural areas so as to provide an opportunity to further their pursuit of education. The college strives to create a Christian affirmative and supportive environment for the adult learner irrespective of creed (religion) or status.
Five reasons to donate to CCM:
- CCM, since the college's inception, has grown exponentially. In 1993, the college had 18 enrolled students on record; however, by 2007 the CCM had approximately 700 students in attendance. Although our student and faculty continue to increase in number, we lack the space and resources to enable the introduction of new programs and facilities.
- CCM would enhance the efforts to transform classrooms for better learning thus positively impact the development of children in Jamaica especially at the primary and early childhood education levels.
- CCM would incorporate, within teaching methodology, the utilization of emerging technology which would allow improved participation, growth and an increase in knowledge for our students, future teachers.
- Modern laboratories would be fully functional to provide an improved learning experience for our student-teachers in the areas of science and information technology. CCM would also be able to incorporate various media within the library which will stimulate interest and variety in research thus improving literacy amongst our students, which in turn will impact children in school or home.
- CCM will continue to provide holistic development through our programmes. In spite of the shortage of space and resources, we offer quality programmes which produce quality students- a continuation of the tradition of excellence experienced in Catholic schools.
Our current challenge is to maintain the quality at reasonable cost but to achieve this we need the capital to develop our resources in all aspects. Thus we are trying to fund-raise US$5M in order to relocate from a very cramped and noisy shared location to a new site which will promote and foster the continuation of efforts to meet the needs of our people through education.
Please help us with this campaign which in our situation is a mammoth task.
Thank you in advance for whatever you can do to donate to our cause and share this plea with others who could help us.
Sister Una O'Connor, C.P.
1 – Administration Building
2 – Staff Building 3 – Audio Visual
4 – Cafeteria & Kitchen
5 – Science & IT labs, Elevator & Lavatories
6, 7, 8, 9, 10 – Classroom Blocks
11 – Library
12 – Guidance & Counseling and Sick Bay