Pledge2Build Initiative To Improve Schools In Jamaica

Start Date: November 01, 2016

End Date: January 31, 2017

Respond By: January 31, 2017

5 Points


The Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) has partnered with organizations in Jamaica and in the Diaspora to raise US$2 million to upgrade the infrastructure of early childhood and primary schools in Jamaica. Some of the proceeds will also seek to offer professional development and training for teachers.

The fundraising campaign is an inter-parish competition among Jamaicans across the globe. Donors will compete to raise funds for their respective parishes. The fundraising period begins November 1, 2016 and runs through January 31, 2017 following an official launch in Jamaica in November 2016.

The culminating event on January 31, 2017 will be the declaration of the parish winner of the competition. At the end of the donation period the donations are tallied by parish and the parish that has raised the most money is declared the winner. The “winning” parish will receive funds to support the infrastructure development for a second school from funds collected, considering the goal is met.

The campaign is part of a larger 5-year fundraising plan envisioned by the JDETF to encourage the Jamaica Diaspora community of three million strong to play a greater role in the development and transformation of education in Jamaica.

About Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF)

The Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) was borne out of the 5th Biennial Diaspora Conference held in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 2013, under the leadership of Leo Gilling, the immediate past Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the West/Mid-West USA.  The JDETF determined that partnership and collaboration with stakeholders in Jamaica should be included in the plans and mission towards contributing to VISION 2030.


The task force members span the USA, Canada and the UK, and has benefitted from the support, participation and leadership of organizations in the Diaspora such as the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (UJAA), Jamaica Impact, Inc. (JAMPACT), Jamaica Awareness Association of California, (JAAC), and in Jamaica from such organizations as the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA), the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MEYI) and Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College (SSTC).