Sup­port sought for par­ent­ing math pi­lot project

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPCIAL -

JIS: PRI­VATE-SEC­TOR sup­port is be­ing sought for the math­e­mat­ics pi­lot project for par­ents be­ing co­or­di­nated by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion.

The project, which seeks to in­crease the par­ent and child’s in­ter­ac­tion with math­e­mat­ics, in an ef­fort to drive in­ter­est and con­fi­dence in the sub­ject, will use the as­sis­tance given as in­cen­tive for the more than 1,500 fam­i­lies par­tic­i­pat­ing in the project. Con­sul­tant from the South­ern Methodist Univer­sity in the United States Pro­fes­sor Leanne Ket­ter­lin Geller, speak­ing at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ re­cently, said that par­ents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­gramme will also be pro­vided with in­cen­tives through Food For The Poor in recog­ni­tion of their ef­forts.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the con­sul­tants work­ing on the project will be bring­ing in ma­te­ri­als and re­sources that are de­signed and in­tended to help chil­dren un­der­stand the con­cepts of math­e­mat­ics. The two-year pi­lot project, which started with a fea­si­bil­ity study in St El­iz­a­beth in Septem­ber 2015, will end in 2017. The US$500,000 project is be­ing done in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the In­ter-Amer­i­can Devel­op­ment Bank and the Ja­panese High Com­mis­sion.

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