$26-m project to help practitioners better serve children with disabilities


$26-m project to help practitioners better serve children with disabilities

Saturday, May 18, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Jamaica is collaborating with the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) to undertake the $26-million Brain Builder Boost Project, which is geared towards improving early childhood practitioners to better serve young children with disabilities.

ECC said the agreement was signed on Thursday by Executive Director of the Commission, Karlene DeGrasse-Deslandes and Vincente Teran, Deputy Representative of UNICEF Jamaica at the ECC's Head Office.

“With the project, we hope to support institutions island wide and reach 1,000 children aged 0-2 and 10,000 children aged three to five. Those children and their families are expected to benefit directly through improved Teacher awareness of teaching young children with disabilities. Centres will become more inclusive and educators more prepared to identify and address learning and behavioral changes,” said Teran.

The donation will assist in complementing the Ministry of Education's plans to transform daycares into Brain Builder Centres to better meet the needs of all children.

According to ECC, Brain Builder Boost will focus on training for practitioners, a training package consisting of relevant local and international UNICEF Materials, a child development checklist, the upgrading of ECIs and provision of relevant learning material.

DeGrasse-Deslandes during her remarks, said: “Aside from their parents, the most influential people in our children's lives are Practitioners. These are the professionals who offer daily support and guidance to parents and Jamaica's most vulnerable.”

She further stated that the collaboration between UNICEF and the Early Childhood Commission will make a difference in children's learning and development.

The project will run for nine months.

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