Government funding withdrawn from Jamaica Environment Trust’s 24-year-old Schools Environment Programme

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The news that landed in my inbox today filled me with mixed emotions (mainly, anger). Despite the enormous success of the programme over the years, theSchools Environment Programme(SEP) has finally had the rug pulled from under it by its main donor, the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA).

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and the SEP is 24 years old this year. I remember when it started off. Its longevity says a great deal about its tremendous value and its success at various levels in our education system. Teachers have taken it on, students have embraced it enthusiastically, worked hard on their projects, and produced amazing results.

Teachers are empowered too – even during the challenging 2019/2020 school year.

Earlier this year, I served as a judge for the 2019/2020 SEP competition, which was a virtual event. Despite great challenges (including shaky…

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