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Welcome to the Webpage of the Office of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) in Jamaica. Our objective is to showcase OAS programs and activities contributing to Jamaica’s development. We trust that the site will provide a better understanding of the work of the OAS in Jamaica. The GS/OAS Office in Jamaica was established on March 12, 1971 and the current OAS Country Representative is Jeanelle van GlaanenWeygel. .
For Every US$1 contributed by Jamaica to the OAS Regular Fund, approximately US$84 was spent on projects in Jamaica by the GS/OAS and its Partners during the first half of 2015.
The following summary of 2015 OAS activities in Jamaica includes some of the main programs and projects executed by the various technical areas of the GS/OAS with the support of the GS/OAS Office in Jamaica. For more detailed information on the 2015 OAS activities in Jamaica please click on this hyperlink.
• During the first half of 2015 a total of 19 Jamaican nationals benefited from participation in various OAS conferences and training activities.
• Caribbean Small Business Development Center (SBDC) model adaptation in Jamaica The program seeks to assist in the promotion of growth, innovation, productivity and competitiveness for small businesses through improvements to business administration, access to capital, technology and markets.
• Increasing Tourism Competitiveness through Sustainable Destination Management and Capacity Building in the Caribbean and Central America to improve the way tourism is managed and to enhance the global competitiveness of the region, by embedding sustainability into the day-to-day management and marketing of destinations throughout the region. Jamaica, specifically the town of Falmouth, is one of the first seven destinations that the SDAA is supporting.
• The OAS Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program promotes CSR awareness among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and fosters information exchange and capacity-building in private-sector communities, including local organizations dedicated to CSR. In Jamaica, the OAS assisted to strengthen SME support institutions and increased capacity of SMEs to implement responsible practices become more competitive and access new markets, through hands-on workshops.
• The OAS Craft Enhancement and Business Planning Training to Support Human Capacity Building in the Public and Private Sectors. The OAS Craft Enhancement Project seeks to enhance the human capacity within the tourism industry through the provision of more extensive training opportunities. This regional Craft Enhancement program is being implemented in 7 Caribbean countries. Of the 7 participating countries in this project, Jamaica has the most beneficiaries. So far, over 220 craft producers in Jamaica have benefitted from over 50 training sessions through this project. Owing to the great enthusiasm of craft producers for this program, program objects in Jamaica are being surpassed.
• The Peckham Bamboo Pre-Processing Project. The Project seeks to promote the creation of opportunities for productive employment, particularly among vulnerable groups.
• Marine Survey of Montego Bay Marine Park (Case Study): Assessment of Reef Health for Management Recommendations. These recommendations will be used for the management of the marine park, including research and monitoring.
• Inter-American Congress on the Environmental Rule of Law held in Montego Bay from March 30-April 1, 2015.
• Biofuels Outreach in Support of the Implementation of the US- Brazil MOU for Biofuels Development seeks to advance the development of clean energy and biofuels policy and programs, feasibility studies including research and development and pilot projects and capacity building opportunities within beneficiary countries as a means to promote energy diversification, energy security, energy efficiency, socio-economic development and climate change mitigation.
• Regional Workshop on Metrology and Technology Challenges of Climate Science and Renewable Energy held in Kingston, Jamaica to support the transition towards Renewable Energy Technology and GHG emissions by strengthening the technical capabilities of the National Metrology Institute of Jamaica and other institutes in the Americas.
• The OAS Scholarships and Training Programs offer scholarship opportunities to pursue professional development training, bachelors and masters degrees and research leading to a PhD degree. Please click on this hyperlink to view information on OAS scholarship opportunities.
• The Leo Rowe Pan-American Fund grants interest-free loans to citizens of OAS member states to finance studies in the United States. Please click on this hyperlink to view information on the Rowe Fund and other financial assistance available to Jamaicans.
• The OAS entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, Department of Government to collaborate in the area of citizenship education in support of UWI’s Youth in Governance and Development Program.
• Support to develop and launch Jamaica’s National Cyber Security Strategy.
• “Aviation Security Insider Threats Course” to familiarize participants with the internal threats posed in airport environments and air cargo operations, as well as practices to mitigate these threats/vulnerabilities.
• Supporting the consolidation of Drug Treatment Courts in Jamaica. Over 120 judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation and police officers, and treatment providers have been trained by the OAS, in cooperation with Court teams from the US and Canada, in the expansion and consolidation of the Drug Treatment Court Program, as an alternative to incarceration for drug dependent offenders.
• The OAS project “Training and Certification Program for Drug and Violence Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation (PROCCER)” has trained and certified a total of 39 prevention professionals and 42 treatment service providers.
• A New Path: Promoting Productive Alternatives for Juvenile Remandees and Offenders in Jamaica seeks to contribute to reduce recidivism and, ultimately, crime and violence in Jamaica.
• The Caribbean Capacity-Building Workshop on Secured Transactions and Asset-Based Lending. The project seeks to modernize Jamaica’s secured transactions laws and registry systems and harmonize its regime with those of other States, and to do so through improving the capacity of Jamaica to implement secured transactions reform, based on the OAS Model Law on Secured Transactions and its Model Registry Regulations, as well as to consider other relevant model instruments.
In the Montego Suite, Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Friday August 28, 2015
Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC, Monday August 10, 2015
Reduction of the Incidence of Rural Poverty through Interventions in Multigrade Schools
The project is carrying out a targeted intervention in this segment of the education sector, by supporting and strengthening curriculum implementation in multigrade schools. This is being achieved by training curriculum developers and supervisors, school principals and teachers, enhancing provisions for in-service teacher training and development and procurement of instructional materials and equipment. This should result in an increase in the levels of performance by students in these institutions.
Deaf Education in Jamaica
Deaf education in Jamaica was first introduced at the St. Christopher’s School for the deaf approximately 73 years ago. In recent years it has been seen where twelve schools across the island provides this service for our children from the pre-school to the secondary level and approximately five hundred students’ benefits.
The Language and Literacy development for deaf children and youths project seeks to address the problem of poor development of language and literacy competencies among deaf students and many factors where identified, some of which includes:
• Lack of effective promotion of language and literacy in the early years of the children’s life.
• Inadequacies in the curriculum resources to meet the special needs of deaf students.
• Use of ineffective instructional practices
• Delay in early identification and intervention with children suffering from hear loss.
It should be noted that the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) has undertaken programs to improve language and efficiency in a bid to address this problem.
The deaf society represents a minority group in the island however Jamaica’s National Motto “out of many one people” shows that bicultural and bilingual groups are welcomed in the society.
The project was executed by the JAD who is dedicated to its vision of seeing deaf persons becoming creative and productive citizens who participates in nation building. Other participants in the project include Ministry of Education, School of the Deaf and The deaf community.
It is expected that the deaf study curriculum will provide a chance for an exploration of the physiological, social and communicative implication of being deaf in a non deaf Jamaican society. It is expected that the students will learn about technological and environmental adaptation that will help them to become independent adults.
In the Jamaican society the situation that exist see many deaf individuals having a difficulty finding employment as many employers are unable to communicate with them and as a result will not hire them. No job means no money; no money means no funds for one’s basic needs. The dilemma becomes acute as the deaf sometimes turn to desperate means to provide the necessities of life.
As a result of this the project becomes very beneficial as it helps to increase the deaf community’s involvement in development and create self confidence, self worth and self esteem in deaf persons. It has also provides well trained personnels (teachers ) to deal with the specific needs to our deaf children and also sensitize the public towards a greater acceptance of these individuals.
The total estimated cost of the project is US$265,213 equivalent to approximately JA$ 225, 43105 of which US$210,923 is being requested from FEMCIDI.
Institutional Strengthening for Promoting Best Practices in Science and Technology for the Caribbean States
Improve the ability of selected CARICOM countries’ S&T infrastructure to apply data to socio-economic development
Rural Youth Capacity Building and Business Development Project
The Rural Youth Capacity Building and Business Development Project aims at providing the skills necesasary for the youth cohort, 15-24 to increase their income generating potential.
Partnerships with the Ministry of Youth and agencies such as the 4H clubs and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) will facilitate the hand-holding approach of the project in building capacity and providing technical assistance to these enterprising youths and community groups.
The OAS Student Internship Program is designed for undergraduate, graduate and young professional student to allow them to work within their fields of study. The program although unpaid is very competitive. The OAS has 28 national offices and some special programs located in the member states. Internships are available in almost all of the offices and this will allow interns to choose whether they prefer to work in their home country or in another office.
The Organization of American States (OAS) is the main political forum of the hemisphere which promotes and supports Democracy, Human Rights, Multidimensional Security and the Integral Development in the Americas. The OAS seeks to prevent conflicts and to provide political stability, social inclusion and prosperity in the region, through dialogue and collective actions.
We offer you a unique opportunity to gain work experience in different areas and in an international and a multicultural environment. You will have the opportunity to participate in a meaningful learning experience with orientation to the OAS mission, pillars, structure and projects in the hemisphere.
The OAS has 28 national offices and some special programs located in the member states. This allows anyone interested, to participate in the internship program in their country of origin, or other country of interest.
Besides working in the different projects of the Office, interns must participate in a series of activities that are part of a Complementary Online Program
This is an unpaid internship. Candidates must meet a series of requirements.
All the documents should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Internships are available in Washington DC. Check out www.oas.org/internships.
The OAS Academic Scholarship Program (Regular Program), established in 1958, grants scholarships every year for the pursuit of Master’s Degrees, Doctoral Degrees and Research leading to a degree. The OAS Special Caribbean Scholarships Program (SPECAF), established in 1983, grants scholarships for the last two years of undergraduate studies to citizens and residents of the English-speaking Caribbean OAS Member States. In addition to these programs the OAS, through its Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC), is able to offer other attractive scholarship opportunities for academic studies with the support of its partner institutions in the Americas and around the world.
The OAS - Rowe Fund loan program for studies in the United States was established in 1948. This program grants financial aid in the form of interest-free loans for up to $15,000 dollars for graduate, research, and the last two years of undergraduate studies, including semester exchange programs. Applications may be submitted at any time during the studies in the U.S. and are accepted and reviewed year-round. For more information about how to obtain a Rowe Fund loan, find other financial aid for studies abroad, or identify a university in the United States according to field of study, cost, or location, visit: www.oas.org/en/rowefund and follow us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/rowefund