The Bayly Education funds were initially disbursed through Save the Children Fund who administered the project from 1986 till 2000.
Operations were confined to the Suva, Lautoka and Sigatoka regions and were administered mainly by volunteers.
The Save the Children Fund then changed their focus to project based activities and it was at this juncture that the Board of Trustees of the JP Bayly Trust formally approved its administration by the 3 Welfare Centres in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa.
In January 2001, the Almoners were tasked with providing full education assistance to the children of less fortunate families already on JP Bayly Trust’s permanent register.
Education is the key to break the poverty cycle. The Trust decided that it was crucial to assist these families to educate their children so after completing their basic education they can be put in the employment force.
These children will then be able to support their families and gradually that family will be taken-off our Welfare register. This will make space for another family to come onto the register.
The branch Manager is responsible to ensure that the children’s school requirements are fully met. We provide the children with fees where applicable, books, stationery, footwear, uniforms and school bags.
Each case has a file of its own and all school reports and items assisted with are recorded in their respective files.
The Manager visits the schools and obtains reports either from the Head Teacher and/or the Class/Form Teacher for every student we assist as well as conducting field visits.
Counselling is provided to the children and the parents if the student’s performance is not satisfactory.
Education reports are also provided to respective Welfare/Education Committees and then forwarded to the Trust Administration Office.
Commencing from 2019, the Trust commenced awarding assistance towards tertiary education in Certificate, Diploma and Degree courses to deserving students.
These are funded through the Arthur Jennings and Jaycees Scholarship Funds and each student’s academic performance is monitored at the end of each semester.