Monday 25 March, 2019

Caribbean Dreams donates 500 play mats to early childhood schools

From left) Community Relations Manager at the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) Tanisha Miller, Minister of Education Senator the Honourable Ruel Reid, Marketing Manager at Jamaican Teas Charles Barrett, Practitioner at Regent Street Seventh Day Adventist Basic School and children from the institution pose for photo following the handing over ceremony.

From left) Community Relations Manager at the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) Tanisha Miller, Minister of Education Senator the Honourable Ruel Reid, Marketing Manager at Jamaican Teas Charles Barrett, Practitioner at Regent Street Seventh Day Adventist Basic School and children from the institution pose for photo following the handing over ceremony.

Jamaican Teas, through its Caribbean Dreams’ Initiative, is improving the learning environments of children in Early Childhood Institutions (ECIs) in Jamaica with a donation of 500 play mats.

The mats will be distributed to approximately 150 ECIs.

Fifty per cent of the mats will be distributed based on needs of the institution, with 15 per cent being distributed to special education early childhood schools and 20 per cent to ECIs in the vicinity of Jamaican Teas’ Factory and Office. The final 15 will be donated to ECIs in communities where the staff of Jamaican Teas reside. 

Some of the institutions to benefit include Annotto Bay Infant, Mason Hall Infant, Devon Pen Basic, Dalvey Primary and Infant, Orange Bay Infant Department, Rural Hill Infant Department and Reach Infant Department.  

Education Minister Ruel Reid said the ministry has developed a 0 to 18 strategy that will see the government taking responsibility for the education provided to children and youth within that cohort.  

This will provide children with the opportunity to leave secondary institutions with an associate degree, the minister added.

Chairman of the Early Childhood Commission, Trisha Williams-Singh said “Jamaican Teas, through this donation, will help to improve the lives of children in less-fortunate communities in Jamaica by stimulating children’s senses, developing their intellectual skills, encouraging freedom and movement among other benefits.”  

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