Wednesday 23 September, 2020

1,100 early childhood educators participate in development workshop

A full house at the Montego Bay Convention Centre at the opening of the Early Childhood Commission Professional Development Institute held recently.

A full house at the Montego Bay Convention Centre at the opening of the Early Childhood Commission Professional Development Institute held recently.

Teachers in the highly specialised field of early childhood education have received professional development training that will enhance the learning experience for children in basic and infant schools across Jamaica.

Over 1,100 teachers participated in the Early Childhood Commission’s (ECC) Professional Development Institute, held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre recently. The Digicel Jamaica Foundation was pleased to be a sponsor of this event.

Held under the theme, “Creating Quality Learning Environments for Strong Foundations,” the Digicel Foundation-sponsored the workshops provided the teachers with valuable lessons on how to develop children’s cognitive skills that will enhance their ability to focus, learn and solve problems.

They also covered other topics including teacher development and professionalism, creating active learning environments, using technology in the classroom, addressing behaviours and improving student health and safety.

Executive Director of the Early Childhood Commission, Karlene DeGrasse-Deslandes welcomes participants during the opening session of the Early Childhood Commission’s Professional Development Institute held recently, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

“Our sponsorship of this event fits in with our long-term goals in education. It is all about building a strong support base for our children in their first 1,000 days,” noted Karlene Dawson, Chief Executive Officer of the Digicel Foundation. “We commend the ECC for its strategic focus and sense of purpose, as it seeks to offer its teachers opportunities for career development and ongoing training. This capacity building is critical in helping to raise and maintain standards in the sector.”

Karlene DeGrasse-Deslandes, Executive Director of the ECC, expressed her thanks to the Digicel Foundation for their support.

Chair of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, Mexine Bisasor receives an award for contribution to the sector on behalf of the Most Honourable Edward Seaga from State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Alando Terrelonge. The occasion was the opening ceremony of the Early Childhood Commission's Professional Development Institute held recently, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

“The Early Childhood Commission embarked on a journey to train practitioners with an aim to fill the professional development gaps in the sector. Thanks to organisations such as Digicel Foundation for recognizing the need for the investment in our human capital. This contribution is invaluable. You have helped practitioners who will, in turn, impact the lives of hundreds of children, one at a time. On behalf of the team at ECC, I express sincere gratitude and look forward to partnering with you for the next staging of ECC’s Professional Development Institute.”

Since 2017, the Digicel Foundation has supported the Commission in its ongoing efforts to have more early childhood institutions registered, helping four infant schools to reach the required 12 Operating Standards. There are currently 167 certified early-childhood institutions island-wide.


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