The Sustainable Development Goals in Jamaica
The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the earth’s environment and climate, and ensure that people everywhere can enjoy peace and prosperity. Kindly note that the data visualizations show an aggregate of the Caribbean. To view the disaggregated data per country, please click on the name of the country or territory you wish to explore.
04 May 2021
United Nations Common Country Analysis: Jamaica
The Common Country Analysis (CCA) is designed to reflect the United Nations integrated, forward-looking and evidence-based joint analysis of the context for sustainable development in Jamaica, in view of achieving the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and as a basis for the UN programmatic support through the Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework (MSDF) for the Caribbean subregion. It is meant as the first building block of the analysis and is part of a continuous process of revisions and adaptation as the context evolves and new evidence is made available.
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01 July 2021
UNESCO and Blackboard to train 10,000 teachers with skills for online teaching
Teachers will be trained in the use of online education tools, resources and interactive platforms to effectively engage students through online learning. Since the onset of the pandemic, distance education has been a challenge for many teachers due to, for example, little or no connectivity, lack of access to devices and online education resources, and the challenges of moving quickly from traditional classroom instruction to an online environment. In response to the education crisis, UNESCO and its partners launched the "Education response to Covid-19: Distance Learning and Teacher Training Strategies in the Caribbean Region and Jamaica", in January 2021. On 22 June 2021, the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean, based in Kingston, Jamaica, in collaboration with Blackboard, the leading EdTech company for higher education and K-12, the Caribbean Centre for Educational Planning (CCEP) at the University of the West Indies and UNICEF Jamaica, will launch the first series of the three four-week teacher trainings. In a partnership with UNICEF in Jamaica, the initiative aims to train 5000 Jamaican teachers nationally. "This initiative gives teachers strategies, tools and resources to use in the digital space to create an online classroom environment that meets the needs of both students and teachers," said Dr Faryal Khan, Programme Specialist for Education at UNESCO. In the pilot phase in September 2020, 40 teachers from the Caribbean sub-region were already trained as master trainers in blended learning and online strategies to enhance the capacity of 300 teachers in their countries. Faryal Khan, Ed.D, UNESCO, said the joint project is being implemented under the UNESCO Global Coalition for Education, a global, multi-sectoral coalition of 175 institutional partners from the UN, civil society, academia and the private sector, which was established at the outset of the pandemic to ensure continuity of learning. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations with the aim of promoting peace and security through international cooperation in education, the sciences, culture, and communication and information.
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10 June 2021
Aneesah Abdullah appointed United Nations Country Coordination Officer for The Bahamas
The Bahamas native, who began her career in 2004 as an educator, is the first person to occupy this role. With deep interest in gender equality, human rights, and good governance as critical components of national development, Abdullah has accumulated over 10 years of professional and academic expertise in that regard. Prior to her role with the United Nations, Abdullah worked with the Bahamas Government since 2015, where she spent years focusing on women’s, human rights, and development issues at the Bureau of Women’s Affairs/Department of Gender and Family Affairs (Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development). She recently concluded an approximate three-year term in the Economic Development and Planning Unit/Sustainable Development Goals Unit within the Office of the Prime Minister where she co-led the national coordination, promotion, and monitoring efforts regarding implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in The Bahamas. As Country Coordination Officer in the Bahamas her duties will include supporting the United Nations Resident Coordinator in increasing national partnerships and financing development opportunities. She will also provide strategic advice to United Nations agencies and national authorities, to address complex issues in support of Small Island Developing States and Sustainable Development Goals international frameworks and regional institutions. Resident Coordinator, Dr. Garry Conille, views this appointment as a reaffirmation of the UN’s commitment to the development priorities of the people and Government of The Bahamas. "We firmly believe in strengthening our relationship with The Bahamas, and the appointment of Aneesah Abdullah as Country Coordination Officer will allow for closer collaboration, especially as we move forward in developing a new and stronger Multi-country Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (MSCDF)," Dr. Conille said. Dr Conille added, “We have committed resources to ensure that her role supports us not only in delivering the transformative results that the Bahamas deserves, but also to tell the rich story of the country’s successes.” During the recently concluded UN Mission to the Bahamas, the Hon. Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs, welcomed the appointment of Ms Abdullah. “You have made an excellent choice,” Minister Henfield said, adding that Abdullah’s appointment will foster a more collaborative approach to the coordination of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes. In accepting her appointment, Abdullah pledged her support for strengthening the ties between the United Nations and The Bahamas. “I recognize the importance of strong collaborations and hope to bolster these relationships, being guided by the priorities of The Commonwealth.” Aneesah Abdullah holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Arts Degree in Human Rights from the University of London. Abduallah is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of The Bahamas, School of Social Sciences. The Country Coordinator may be reached at email@example.com.
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