The Future of Education: SmartTerm was selected and participated in YLAI 2018.

CANTO Press Release

Young entrepreneur Jayme Hoyte was selected as part of YLAI’s 2018 cohort in the United States to learn best practices and techniques to advance her organization. After returning home from the 5-week fellowship, a golden opportunity of now supplying their Education Management Platform to new markets in Ecuador emerged.

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We are pleased to share with you the recent accomplishments of one of our past employee Jayme Hoyte. Jayme and the team at SmartTerm are making a tremendous impact in Education for the Caribbean Region.

Jayme is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of SmartTerm Limited, an Education Management Platform that is redefining the way we educate in developing countries. She was among the five entrepreneurs selected as part of the 2018 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program.

Out of nearly 2,500 applications, 250 young leaders from 36 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean were selected to participate in a five-week Fellows Program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The program placed business and social entrepreneurs in small businesses, non-governmental organizations, and similar entities in 20 U.S. cities for hands-on training to develop their business or social venture plans, learn from their U.S. counterparts, and share best practices

The YLAI Professional Fellows Program began on September 20th in Detroit, Michigan and participants were then engaged in a four-week fellowship in cities throughout the U.S.  The program came to a close with a closing Summit in Washington, DC.

Jayme was placed in Kansas City and when asked about her experience she responded with the following; “It’s amazing to see how much growth and development has taken place in just five weeks.  I worked with an extraordinary woman by the name of Rebecca Dove who is the CEO of Pennez, a company that teaches students to read using Artificial Intelligence. I was able to learn and acquire skills in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, different strategies in Marketing an Education Management Platform and I was able to develop a strong investor pitch”.  

At the closing, forum participants were engaged in a number of workshops and even a pitch exhibit. “Out of 250 Participants who were selected to travel to the United States and who applied for the pitch competition, 30 participants were select for the Pitch Exhibit in which I was selected to pitch and exhibit SmartTerm”, Jayme Hoyte.

Entrepreneurs are drivers of economies and the YLAI platform has provided many entrepreneurs of the Caribbean and Latin America with opportunities to collaborate with each other thereby fostering economic growth and development for the region. As a result of YLAI new markets has opened-up for SmartTerm.  SmartTerm will be partnering with Michaelangelo Falconi, CEO of ARCIS, to provide schools in Ecuador with our Education Management Platform and other EdTech services to take schools from a manual way of operating and elevate them to a digital platform providing powerful analytics and insight into the learning experience.

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Jayme has volunteered with the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development and the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO). She has a Master’s degree in Global Studies with a specialization in Economics and Foreign Aid and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations.  She currently serves as an Executive with PIEDATA and has the ability to consult on Technologies for Education and Innovation.

SmartTerm

Our School and Learning Management Platform is robust and focuses on data first. We believe that in order to help develop the economies of developing countries we have to invest in education and youth. To do that we have to make data-driven decisions that will result in leaders and institutions implementing the right solutions. By using machine learning and artificial intelligence we intend on making useful suggestions to impact how we learn. SmartTerm believes in developing, sustaining, and innovation in developing countries, ultimately increasing the quality of life.

 

Now Offering Pilot to Schools Contact:

Web: www.smartterm.io

Email: info@smartterm.io

Phone: (868) 293-8030/ (876) 997-8077

 

SmartTerm to Sponsor JISA Prep Champs

KINGSTON, Jamaica — SmartTerm, a cohesive web and mobile school and learning management system, is an associate sponsor of the Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA) Prep Championships, which will be held from May 25th – 27th at the National Stadium. Over 60 schools are slated to compete at the annual event. 

The event, which is title-sponsored by Tastee Limited, showcases the athletic talents of boys and girls as they vie for prep school supremacy and bragging rights. The organizers have been working diligently to ensure that the event goes off without a hitch. 

“I do want to underscore the significance of the impact both JISA and SmartTerm can have working together both inside and outside the classroom,” said Stuart Crooks, COO of SmartTerm. “We want to make an impact and this is a great way to do so.”

A number of other sponsors highlight what is expected to be a great few days for our prep school youth. 

“ I remember when I represented Wolmer’s Prep at the Championships. It was one of my most memorable moments, and it helped in my overall development. We at SmartTerm are 100% behind student development, which is why we are behind this event.” said Shamir  Saddler, CEO of SmartTerm. 

SmartTerm intends to continue to give back to Jamaican schools through its SmartTerm Cares initiative.

About SmartTerm

SmartTerm has spent 4+ years researching and analyzing how the education system in the Caribbean can be improved. The team and implementation experts work in an open-concept environment allowing a tailored solution to fulfilling the needs of schools. For more information on SmartTerm visit https://smarttermlms.com/.

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Contact

For media inquiries, please email toconnor@smarttertlms.com.

SmartTerm and Pennez Partner to Empower Educators and Female Caribbean Entrepreneurs

TRINIDAD, Port of SpainSmartTerm, the cohesive web and mobile school and learning management platform aimed at reinventing the way education is facilitated in the Caribbean recently partnered with Pennez, a company that helps children learn to read using artificial intelligence, on two projects in Trinidad and Tobago geared towards educators and women entrepreneurs. The projects commenced on July 8, 2019, and ended on July 23, 2019. They were funded by the Department of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs via the Meridian International Center, The Embassy of the United States, CANTO, and CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.

The first project, the Educator’s Literacy Professional Development workshops, worked with 10 schools and trained a total of 62  educators. Educators were given trainings on topics of literary techniques, student engagement techniques, as well as 21st century learning  techniques. 

“We even visited Success Laventille Composite School with AJ Jagelski, Public Relations Officer for the US Embassy. AJ reinforced the Embassy’s current work with Success Laventille through the Alumni program, and it was a delight to have him join,” said Jayme Hoyte, Director at SmartTerm. 

Shortly after completing the Educator’s Literacy program in Trinidad,  The Women’s Entrepreneurship Program began in the sister isles of Tobago. The Women’s Program was held from July 14, 2019-July 23, 2019. The Women’s Entrepreneurship Program brought 20 female business owners for training on validating their businesses with the Lean Canvas, identifying and researching their customer base, and framing pitches for customers and investors. 

“Initiatives such as these are important because when you involve teachers, students and women into the development process of a society, you are impacting households, communities, and future generations,” said Jayme Hoyte.

At the end of the training in Tobago, 16 women pitched their businesses with the hope of showcasing them during CANTO’s conference; which would give them a chance to win prizes. The top six performing women were selected to attend CANTO’s conference and participate in the Caribbean Women in ICT Power Lunch and Pitch Competition. The event was dedicated to empowering women and featured panel discussions, presentations, and entertainment by women in ICT and entrepreneurship. 

The six female entrepreneurs of Tobago pitched their businesses to a panel of judges, and three entrepreneurs walked away combined with over $30,000 in prizes sponsored by CIBC First Caribbean International Bank.

”Being selected to facilitate and design content for both trainings was a humbling experience. Seeing the women pitch their businesses made me realize how important it is to continue programs like this, and I know that teachers, entrepreneurs, parents, leaders, and others can broaden the opportunities for these communities,” said Rebecca Dove, CEO of Pennez.. 

Of the six women who pitched their businesses, the top three pitches were selected. The first place prize went to Fanta Pierre-Sandy, the founder of Sandy’s Bath and Organics, winning $10,000 and a Macbook Air. Second place went to Sade Melville-Peters, the founder of 24 Degrees Below, a homemade ice cream company, winning $7,000 and an Ipad. The third place prize went to Leiselle Roberts, the founder of Petstars pet grooming services, winning $3,500 and a Smartphone.

“Programs like these do not exist in Tobago, and this is my first time receiving training about my businesses,” said a female business owner who participated in the program. 

“We sincerely hope that initiatives like this can continue to impact talented individuals who are overlooked, said Rebecca Dove. 

This project was a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) funded by the Department of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs via the Meridian International Center, The Embassy of the United States, CANTO, and CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.

About SmartTerm

SmartTerm has spent 3+ years researching and analyzing how the education system in the Caribbean can be improved. We provide school administration and students with a seamlessly integrated experience. The team and implementation experts work in an open-concept environment allowing us to provide tailored solutions to fulfill the needs of our clients. For more information on SmartTerm visit https://www.smartterm.io/.

 

About Pennez

Pennez provides products and services to address the reading challenges of children in grades Kindergarten through Eighth grade. Our vision is to restore the educational outcomes for young learners by inspiring youth to read & think.

 

Contact

For media inquiries, please contact Theon O’Connor at toconnor@smartterm.io.

 

SmartTerm Ltd. and Project Jaguar Partner to Expand Edtech Throughout the Caribbean Region

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad– SmartTerm, the cohesive web and mobile school and learning management platform aimed at reinventing the way education is facilitated in the Caribbean, has partnered with Project Jaguar, the Antigua-based platform where teachers can create and manage courses online, to expand education management infrastructure throughout the Caribbean region. The partnership took effect on June 1, 2019.

The partnership, which will allow for improved sub-regional local support and improved customer service for the Eastern Caribbean, will strengthen Smartterm’s ability to support countries that currently deploy its platform in their schools.  

“By the end of 2019, we will be operating in several countries, including Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Ecuador, to name a few. Partnerships like this will help us to make the kind of impact we always hoped, and we look forward to partnering with other individuals, companies and governments that want to advance education in the Caribbean,” said Shamir Saddler, CEO of SmartTerm.

SmartTerm’s rapid growth has coincided with an increase in the need for reliable education technology infrastructure in the Caribbean, and this partnership will help those Caribbean islands that use the platform to have the support they need at their fingertips. 

“Although we’re solely in the business of helping teachers start their own business, we realize that our values and goals align well with SmartTerms,” said Trevaun Solomon, CEO of Project Jaguar. 

SmartTerm’s vision is to enhance education technology infrastructure in the Caribbean and be the premier provider of those services within the region. 

About SmartTerm

SmartTerm has spent 3+ years researching and analyzing how the education system in the Caribbean can be improved. We provide school administration and students with a seamless integrated experience. The team and implementation experts work in an open-concept environment allowing us to provide tailored solutions to fulfill the needs of our clients. For more information on SmartTerm visit https://www.smartterm.io/.

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Contact

For media inquiries, please contact Theon O’Connor at toconnor@smartterm.io.