Career & Education

164 families join Marley for Education family

Sunday, September 17, 2017

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It's back-to-school time again and the Marley for Education 2017 Programme is helping to ease the pressure for 164 families from Kingston, St Andrew and St Ann.

The annual programme largely fulfils the Bob Marley Foundation's education mandate and gives support to students ages 3-17 years from basic to high schools by awarding scholarships to cover books, fees or school uniforms.

Now in its eighth year, the social intervention programme continues a tradition started by Bob Marley of giving financial assistance to parents in Trench Town who were challenged with the ever-increasing costs of educating their children.

Marley helped hundreds of boys and girls to stay in school and to achieve their academic goals.

The goal of Marley for Education is to provide tangible educational support for as many qualifying students as possible. The programme's geographic scope has been broadened and now has scholarship beneficiaries from communities such as Tivoli Gardens, Majestic Gardens, Seaview Gardens, Greenwich Town and August Town.

This year, for the first time, applicants were required to fill out and submit applications online. This was followed by the foundation's evaluation and selection process to determine the final list of awardees.

Although many parents admitted that they are not 'computer literate' they were able to get the help needed to meet the application submission timeline of July 31. Mothers and grandmothers recounted all the challenges they overcame in order to qualify for the well-needed educational assistance.

Students are selected from families deemed most in need of assistance and priority is given to children from single-parent homes; homes where parents are unemployed, deceased or physically disabled or where a child in the home has special needs. Students who are advancing to grade six and those going on to high school also gain priority.

A special feature of the Marley for Education programme is the Book Club. The parents and children receiving assistance with their book lists understand that the books belong to the Marley for Education Book Club and they are used and returned to be redistributed to students the following year.

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