$1m boost for early child­hood in­sti­tu­tions

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

From left: Daryl Vaz, mem­ber of par­lia­ment, Port­land Western; Kar­lene Des­lan­des, act­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Early Child­hood Com­mis­sion (ECC); Ann-Marie Vaz, di­rec­tor of One Ja­maica Foun­da­tion; and Rachael McDon­ald, ECC com­mis­sioner, at the ECC’s Re­gion Two Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Fair at Lynch Park, Buff Bay, Port­land, re­cently. EARLY CHILD­HOOD in­sti­tu­tions (ECIs) in the parish of Port­land are to ben­e­fit from more than $1 mil­lion in do­na­tion from Daryl Vaz, mem­ber of par­lia­ment for West Port­land, and his wife Ann-Marie, di­rec­tor of One Ja­maica Foun­da­tion.

Vaz made the pledge while ad­dress­ing par­tic­i­pants at the Early Child­hood Com­mis­sion’s (ECC) Re­gion Two Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Fair held at Lynch Park, Buff Bay, Port­land, re­cently. In mak­ing his pledge of $1 mil­lion, Vaz ex­pressed the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion in sig­nif­i­cantly en­hanc­ing the devel­op­ment of chil­dren at the early-child­hood level. “With a pri­vatepub­lic part­ner­ship we can move the com­pli­ance rate, en­abling our chil­dren to move from poverty to pros­per­ity and cre­ate an ed­u­cated youth pop­u­la­tion,” he noted.

Mrs Vaz pledged $250,000 from her One Ja­maica Foun­da­tion to as­sist ECIs in the parish to meet the re­quired na­tional le­gal op­er­at­ing stan­dards, be­gin­ning with those in the Port­land Western con­stituency. She fur­ther urged the other par­ishes to es­tab­lish foun­da­tions to as­sist in ar­eas of need. In ac­cept­ing the do­na­tion, Kar­lene Des­lan­des, act­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at the ECC, em­pha­sised the com­mit­ment of the ECC’s board of man­age­ment to achieve the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of at least 100 ECIs by Au­gust 2017.

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