MoBay City Run to support early-childhood institutions
Organisers of the upcoming MoBay City Run say one of their main goals is to assist with the certification of more early-childhood institutions through the provision of resources.
Founder and chief organiser, Janet Silvera, notes that the first few years of a child's life constitute the formative period when basic learning and development occur.
"As almost every psychologist has pointed out, it is extremely important to get it right in the early stages of a child's life. This is why our aim is to get even more of these institutions certified, so that we can get trained and qualified teachers in these schools," she said.
Glendon Lowe, Montego Bay branch manager for Courts Jamaica, the platinum sponsor of the event, said the organiser's focus is one of the main reasons spurring his company's decision to double its support for this year's renewal.
"This fits right into our message of education first ... something we have been doing for many years in communities throughout Jamaica (because) early childhood is one of the most critical areas in our education system. It is also worth noting that of the over 100 certified early-childhood institutions in the country, a third of them are in western Jamaica," he said.
The MoBay City Run, which is slated for Sunday, May 6, beginning at the Old Hospital Park on Gloucester Avenue, has raised and disbursed over $15 million to needy beneficiaries since 2014.