Sagicor Foundation selects new schools for Adopt-A-School Programme
Christopher Zacca, President & CEO, Sagicor Group Jamaica, has an engaging conversation with children from the Sagicor Foundation adopted schools, at the launch of the Foundation’s 2019/2020 Adopt-a-School programme at Hope Zoo last week.
The Sagicor Foundation has selected three new early childhood institutions for its 2019/2020 Adopt-A-School Programme, with the aim of providing much-needed renovation and upgrades to the schools.
The schools – Petersville Early Childhood Institution in White House, Westmoreland; Prime Time Early Childhood Institution in May Pen, Clarendon; and the St. Peter Claver Primary and Infant School in St Andrew were selected following a detailed nomination and assessment process and through the recommendation of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC).
Renovation work at the schools will enhance the schools’ physical infrastructure through the expansion of classroom spaces and addition of sick bays as well as roofing, lighting, bathroom, kitchen and play area upgrades. Much-needed learning material and resources will also be provided, helping schools to become compliant with ECC standards.
Sagicor Bank CEO Chorvelle Johnson Cunningham with beneficiaries of of the Adopt-A-School Programme.
Addressing the official launch of the programme on November 5 at Hope Gardens, Chairman of the Sagicor Foundation, R Danny Williams, said the Adopt-A-School programme, which aims to invest in the long-term sustainability of the schools through improvement of the institutions’ infrastructural development, has had significant impact on children and communities across the island.
“We are focused on contributing to the creation of a sustainable learning environment for our children and through this partnership, we look forward to the impact that can be made on these young minds as well as on the community at large,” he said.
Williams further noted that the foundation is committing an overall investment of $15 million dollars towards the renovation work at the schools, as well to the hosting of a series of social engagement activities at each school throughout the year, including a Christmas treat, a back-to-school health tour in January and a fete at the close of the programme.
President and CEO, Sagicor Group Jamaica, Christopher Zacca, reiterated the commitment of the company, through its corporate social responsibility initiatives, to continuing to impact lives and contribute to the development of the education sector.
“Education is the foundation that will guarantee our country’s future and we are proud to be playing our part through this programme. We know that the additional resources provided and the upgrades to the physical environment of the schools make a significant difference in the teaching and learning process and this is what we aim to provide through the Adopt-a-School programme,” he said.
A Sagicor team member shares a moment with a young girl whose school has benefitted from the Adopt-A-School Programme.
In July, the Foundation closed out work at the 2018/19 adopted schools – Chantilly Gardens ECI in Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland; the Tobolski Basic School in Brown’s Town, St. Ann; and the Clifton Basic School in Portmore, St. Catherine.
The launch of the 2019/2020 Adopt-A-School programme brought together some 120 children from the three adopted schools, along with their principals and teachers for a treat in the lush atmosphere of Hope Gardens. The children were treated to gifts, an animal viewing show, games, and entertainment, including music, face-painting, balloon art and a bounce-a-bout.