ECC partners with Forestry Department in observing National Tree Planting Day
The Early Childhood Commission (ECC) partnered with the National Forestry Department in their annual National Tree Planting Day initiative which was observed on Friday, October 7.
The Management of the ECC, including the Board Chair Trisha Williams-Singh along with the Minister of Education Ruel Reid, Minster of Local Government Desmond McKenzie, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government Dezil Thorpe participated in a tree planting activity at Charles Chin Loy Basic School in Tivoli Gardens, Kingston.
Through the National Forestry Department, Lignum Vitae, Blue Mahoe and guava trees were planted on the grounds of the institution to provide shade and to educate children about the importance of trees.
This supports Standard 4 of the ECC’s Standards for the Operation and Management of Early Childhood Institutions.
Based on this standard, the provision of a shaded play area and a physical environment that meets building, health and safety requirements are important for optimal early childhood development.
Additionally, in collaboration with the Forestry Department and the Ministry of Education, the ECC will develop a campaign titled “KeepKidsCool” to be implemented over the next three years.
The initiative will focus on the sensitization of practitioners, parents and most importantly children on the importance of environmental care, particularly the value of trees.
At the closing of the day’s activity, Charles Chin Loy Basic School was granted a Permit to Operate by the Acting Executive Director Karlene Degrasse-Deslandes.
The institution was also gifted with two wall-mounted fans to improve their learning environment. Minister Reid commended the ECC and the National Forestry Department for spearheading this initiative.
He noted that “one of the functions of the education sector is to inform the public about the need to protect the environment.”