Hope Zoo Education Project
Under a grant of J$20 million from the PetroCaribe Development Fund, 10,000 students benefitted from non-traditional teaching methods aimed at improving their learning patterns from an initiative undertaken at the Hope Zoo in St. Andrew. The engagement, an education project tour, was jointly implemented by the Ministry of Education, Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), and the Hope Zoo Preservation Foundation. It targeted children, aged 3 to 17 years, who were enrolled in public early childhood institutions, primary schools, and high schools, as well as youngsters with special needs and wards of the State.
The project provided social, cultural and environmental support to the national curriculum. It sought to convey a greater sense of civility and social responsibility as students were sensitized to good practices in solid waste management and renewable energy. The lesson plan also offered opportunities for integrated learning and taught the children how to carefully and respectfully interact with animals, the environment and their peers.