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December 9, 2013
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Digicel, moe partner in special-needs poster competition

Anthony Murray (left) and Wesley Vernon proudly pose with their poster. Sharing in the moment is Deborah Jones, head of the Lucea Learning Centre. The students placed first in the high school category. The announcement was made at the awards ceremony for the poster competition in which the Digicel Foundation partnered with the Ministry of Education's Special Education Unit in celebration of Disabilities Awareness Week. - Contributed

In celebration of Disabilities Awareness Week, the Digicel Foundation partnered with the Ministry of Education (MOE) in support of its special-needs poster competition and participated in UNICEF's 2013 launch of 'The State of The World's Children' report.

Disabilities Awareness week has been observed in Jamaica since 1994. The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) has been working towards full inclusion and equal opportunities for persons with disabilities since 1973. This goal is directly in line with the foundation's objective to heighten awareness around the specific challenges facing the special-needs community, while recognising their invaluable contribution to society.

Held under the theme 'I Can Learn, Teach Me the Right Way,' the poster competition, which was hosted at the Special Education Unit of the MOE on Arnold Road in Kingston, was organised to create more awareness around children living with disabilities. Students from across the island with varying disabilities submitted entries in four categories: Early Childhood - ages 4-8 years; Primary - ages 8-12 years; High School - ages 13-18 years and Young Adult - ages 17-21 years.

Students from Hazard Primary School in Clarendon copped first place in the Early Childhood and Primary categories - Janise Kent and Tajay Pommells, respectively. Wesley Vernon, Fugeo Reid and Anthony Murray from Lucea Learning Centre collaboratively worked on their piece earning them first place in the High School category. Sandrine Lawrence of Lister Mair Gilby High School for the Deaf won first prize in the Young Adult category.

The Digicel Foundation presented 4G Wi-Fi and pocket modems with one month free internet service to the schools that placed first in each category.

"The Digicel Foundation is happy to support the efforts of the Ministry of Education as they work towards creating more awareness around individuals living with special needs," noted Judine Hunter, programme manager for special needs at the Digicel Foundation. "This is an area that our foundation is truly passionate about. We continue to look for opportunities through which we can better assist the special-needs community at large."

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