TUI Junior Academy Jamaica

Just like in many popular tourism destinations around the world, the livelihoods of local people in Negril, who rely on revenue from tourism, are threatened by the overdevelopment of the resort town and the harmful effects of climate change. The continued erosion of Negril’s beautiful white sand beaches is evidence of this, along with natural biodiversity loss, extreme weather events and pollution.

Through the TUI Junior Academy  programme, the TUI Care Foundation is empowering young people, especially those with physical disabilities, to become eco champions in their communities. Supporting the programme’s strong emphasis on fighting climate change, environmental education will be delivered via a fully sustainable facility at Sav Inclusive, an accessible, special-needs school.

Overcrowding in the Jamaican public school system means that accessing education is not always easy for children and young people, ad for children with disabilities, it’s even more challenging.

The Savanna-La-Mar Inclusive Academy (Sav Inclusive) in Westmoreland is a pioneer in inclusive education in Jamaica’s public education system. Conceptualised and built by the Rockhouse Foundation, the school has been catering for children with disabilities and typical learning children in a productive, inclusive environment since 2017. There are currently 170 children enrolled in classes ranging from age 3 to 8 years. But since welcoming its first student cohort, the school has been unable to satisfy the overwhelming demand for inclusive education in Savanna-La-Mar. So, the focus of the Rockhouse Foundation is on expanding the facility to include a fully sustainable primary and secondary school that accommodates another 480 students.

The expansion of the school involves the construction of additional buildings fully serviced by a climate friendly infrastructure, including solar power, water harvesting and recycling systems. Climate change and climate action are the cornerstones of the school’s curriculum. This integrated approach ensures that the entire student population benefits from hands-on, age-appropriate activities, moulding young minds into responsible, environmentally conscious adults.

Students learn about the cost effectiveness of sustainable practices and the effect of them on their personal lives, families, community and the planet. 40 educators and staff are receiving hands-on training, helping them to design creative programmes and activities to engage students and their families and increase their awareness of the urgent need for climate action.

Additionally, school personnel are learning about the damaging effects of relying on non-renewable energy sources and the importance the efficient use and storage of rainwater. The project encourages the school community to practice simple energy, recycling and water conservation techniques, at school, home and in their communities.

Collaboration with the Ministry of Education and joint field trips and workshops with five other public schools in the parish of Westmoreland which are also supported by Rockhouse Foundation drives additional motivation for more schools to implement similar recycling and clean energy water harvesting systems at their facilities. This means an estimated 2,000 students and adults to environmentally sustainable practices.


The Rockhouse Foundation is dedicated to transforming the places where Jamaica’s children learn and supporting the great people who teach them. Since its inception in 2004, the Foundation has expanded and renovated six Negril area public schools and the Negril Community Library, directly impacting the lives of thousands of young people and their families. The current primary project is the Sav Inclusive school, built from the ground up by the foundation.

All administrative and marketing costs of the foundation are underwritten by Rockhouse Hotel, Skylark Negril Beach Resort, Miss Lily’s and their owners. All donations go directly to the projects and programmes.

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