Support basic schools on Labour Day - ECC chair pleads with Jamaicans

May 15, 2019
Trisha Williams-Singh, chair, Early Childhood Commission, chats with students.
Trisha Williams-Singh, chair, Early Childhood Commission, chats with students.

As Jamaicans gear up to give their time, effort, and financial contributions towards projects on Labour Day, May 23, Chairperson of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Trisha Williams-Singh, is calling on persons to support basic schools across the island on the day.

"The schools need help with perimeter fencing, acquiring fire extinguishers, and so much more for the safety of students," Williams-Singh said.

She also noted that achieving the goals of Standard 8 of the ECCs 12 Standards will assist basic schools in achieving the goals of Standard 9, which addresses "child rights, child protection and equality". It states that: "Early childhood institutions should uphold the rights of children, protect them from harm and ensure that all children have equal access to services".

For their part, the ECC will be activating one project in each parish across the island to help needy basic schools fulfil the requirements of all 12 Standards of the ECC.

The various projects the ECC will be activating will take place in Kingston - Galilee Basic School; St Andrew - End Time Basic School; St Thomas - Rowlandsfield Primary and Infant School; Portland - Rural Hill Basic School; St Mary - Devon Pen Infant School; St Ann - Mount Zion Infant Department; Trelawny - Wakefield Infant Department; St James - Content Basic School; Hanover - Cave Valley Infant School; Westmoreland - Cornwall Mountain Infant Department; Manchester - Mitchell Town Infant Department; St Catherine - St John's Road Basic Early Childhood Institution; Clarendon - Mitchell Town Infant Department; and St Elizabeth - Knoxwood Basic School.

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