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Usaid, Moe partner in digicel's Enrichment Programme

Evadne Cowell, Digicel Foundation training specialist, assists this youngster to fine-tune his reading skills during the 2014 commencement of the Enrichment Programme at Davis Primary School in St Catherine. - Contributed

Tenth anniversary celebrations are in high gear as the Digicel Foundation teams up with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Education to announce the start of the 2014 Enrichment Programme.

This year, 31 schools will be receiving Enrichment Centres and mobile carts to assist students in grades one to three to better prepare for the Grade Four Literacy Test. This expansion has been made possible with the assistance of USAID through a partnership valued at more than US$3.7 million. Over a three-year period, the Enrichment Programme will be active within an additional 95 schools, bringing the total number of schools impacted by the Enrichment initiative to nearly 200 schools islandwide.

"USAID has a robust partnership legacy in Jamaica, but there is still more work that needs to be done in order to seize the full potential and impact that can result from these partnerships. No single Government can be the sole solution to the myriad of challenges in a country," noted Denise Herbol, mission director at USAID.

Samantha Chantrelle, CEO of the Digicel Foundation, also expressed her appreciation for the partnership with both USAID and the Ministry of Education.

The official announcement for all 31 schools took place at Davis Primary School in St Catherine last Wednesday. Renovations at Davis Primary began last year with all equipment and furnishings for the Enrichment Centre installed within the last two months. More than 700 students at Davis Primary are expected to benefit from this recent intervention.

"When we look at the classroom that Digicel has set up, all of our teachers view it as the ideal classroom, with everything at your fingertips," said Principal Sharon Campbell-Danvers.

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