The UWI, Mona Campus_Annual Report 2021-2022

FST/FHE BOOST Programme – Rebuilding STEM teacher competencies The Building Out Our STEM Teachers (BOOST) programme aims to address the dearth of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in the secondary school system by creating an annual stream of new teachers. In 2021, fifteen (15) STEM graduates from the Faculty of Science and Technology, representing Cohort 1, were placed in eleven high schools across seven parishes to teach STEM subjects. All 15 completed the first year and received back-end scholarships equivalent to one year’s University tuition and incentive payments based on an evaluation of their teaching performance. The programme is being executed in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities and Education and the Mico University College through funding by the National Baking Company Foundation (NBCF). At the end of the year, the National Commercial Bank Foundation (NCBF) joined as a new partner. NCBF’s investment of J$11 million will see ten additional graduates being engaged to deliver digital subjects in Cohort 2. Cohort 2 will include graduates from

other universities such as the Mico University College and The University of Technology, Jamaica. The Programme won the 2021 RJR Gleaner Special Award in the category of Education. The UWI/Trench Town Polytechnic College Collaborates The UWI seeks to forge partnerships and collaboration with other educational institutions to support research and learning. The UWI Estate Management Department (EMD) was happy to facilitate the request for the donation of two decommissioned motorised golf carts to the Trench Town Polytechnic College (TTPC). The golf carts will be used as an instructional guide in the Automotive and Mechanics programme at the institution. The students will have the opportunity for hands-on practice. The carts were handed over at a function held on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. During his address, the Principal, Professor Dale Webber, expressed his enthusiasm and vision of how the golf carts can be used as a tool for learning, research, and the emergence of new knowledge for the students. He articulated his dream of the students pulling the

From left: Professor Michael Taylor, Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology, The UWI Mona, Dr. Sharon Bramwell-Lalor, Lecturer at the School of Education, The UWI Mona and Mrs. Elecia Myers, Resource Mobilization Coordinator for the Faculty of Science and Technology, The UWI Mona, oversee the signing of the BOOST Scholarship partnership by Prof. Ian Boxill, Deputy Principal of The UWI Mona and Nadeen Matthews Blair, CEO of the N.C.B Foundation.

(L-R) Dr. Andre Coy, Associate Dean for External Affairs in the Faculty of Science and Technology, and Professor Michael Taylor, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at The University of the West Indies, accept the RJRGLEANER Special Honour Award in Education for the Building Out Our STEM Teachers (BOOST) Fellowship Programme. Presenting the award is Alethia Logan-Palmer, Group I.T. Operations Manager for the RJRGLEANER Communications Group.

BOOST Cocktail Reception 2022



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