Population: 2.8M; 16% below poverty line; 34% below age 18
Murder rate: 6th highest in the world
Unemployment rate: as high as 40% for youth ages 15-24 depending on gender and education
Functional Illiteracy: Literacy criteria - over age 15 and has ever attended school
High school education: 28% of population, or 784,000 people, have not completed high school
High School is not free and the cost of public and preparatory high schools can be prohibitive even for the best students' families
Average annual income - $2500
Average cost of one year of High School - $1500
why jamaicans remain poor
Adrian Stokes, Scotiabank
View this brief video explaining the importance of education and training to improvng opportunities for Jamaicans.
Improving the Quality of Education in Jamaica
The Caribbean Policy Research Institute
Listen to the Principal of the UWI, Mona, discuss sobering statistics on the state of the
education system in Jamaica.
You can empower a child to build a better life through education.