MP do­nates $1m to early child­hood de­vel­op­ment

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

BUFF BAY, Port­land: HE EARLY Child­hood Com­mis­sion (ECC) has re­ceived a ma­jor boost with a do­na­tion of $1 mil­lion from West Port­land Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) Daryl Vaz dur­ing a Re­gion Two Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Fair held at Lynch Park in Buff Bay, Port­land, on the week­end.

Vaz, who is also min­is­ter with­out port­fo­lio in the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter with re­spon­si­bil­ity for eco­nomic growth and job cre­ation, ex­pressed his sen­ti­ments to­wards what he de­scribed as the suc­cess made by the ECC in reg­u­lat­ing early child­hood in­sti­tu­tions is­land­wide.


Ac­cord­ing to the MP, the ECC has set the bar at a new height, which will re­sult in the trans­for­ma­tion and rev­o­lu­tion in the way early child­hood in­sti­tu­tions con­duct their day-to-day op­er­a­tion in as­sist­ing with the growth and de­vel­op­ment of chil­dren from an early stage.

“Ev­ery­one knows about my pas­sion to­wards ed­u­ca­tion, es­pe­cially at the early child­hood stage,” com­mented Vaz.

He added, “Ed­u­ca­tion is the only ve­hi­cle that pro­vides sus­tain­able growth and de­vel­op­ment of our peo­ple. It is also the only way to al­le­vi­ate poverty and chan­nel you on a path to pros­per­ity. I am pledg­ing $1 mil­lion to as­sist with the de­vel­op­ment of early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion. This do­na­tion comes on the heels of back-toschool con­tri­bu­tion, wherein I spent $7 mil­lion from my con­stituency de­vel­op­ment fund to as­sist stu­dents and in­sti­tu­tions.”

The MP’s con­tri­bu­tion high­lighted the need for greater re­sources to fund early child­hood de­vel­op­ment, as the ECC re­vealed that of the 40 early child­hood in­sti­tu­tions in that con­stituency, only two schools se­cured marks above 50 per cent in com­pli­ance with the cri­te­ria they stip­u­lated.

West Port­land Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Daryl Vaz hand­ing a cheque val­ued at $1 mil­lion to Kar­lene Des­lan­des of the Early Child­hood Com­mis­sion last Fri­day at Lynch Park, Buff Bay, Port­land.

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