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The Muirton Child Care Facility in Portland is receiving valuable assistance from the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE).
Since March 2006, the college, through its Department of Biological and Physical Sciences, has been involved in a number of developmental initiatives aimed at improving the surroundings of the facility and furthering the education of the 25 boys in its care. Among the initiatives are the establishment of a homework programme, through which the boys are assisted with school work by faculty members of the college; special workshops to prepare boys sitting Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) tests in Mathematics, English Language, Integrated Science, Human and Social Biology, and Agricultural Science, as well as the implementation of projects aimed at beautifying the facility inclusive of painting the building, and planting trees and flowers. Professor Paul Ivey, President of CASE, said that the support extended to the Muirton Child Care Facility is part of the institution’s prgramme of outreach in the parish, noting that faculty members are happy to have the opportunity to provide the service. Maxine Palmer, Principal of the Muirton Child Care Facility, expressed gratitude to the college for the assistance, and expressed confidence that the intervention will go a far way in enabling the boys to become independent and responsible citizens.
Formerly the Muirton Boys Home, the Muirton Child Facility was established jointly by the Government of Jamaica and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica in March 1978, and is run by the Child Development Agency. Of the 25 boys at the facility, one is pursuing a Certificate in Sports at the G.C. Foster College in Spanish Town, another is undergoing training in Data Operations and Upholstery at the Garmex Academy on Marcus Garvey Drive, and two are enrolled at the Jamaica Foundation for Life Long Learning on South Camp Road. The other 21 attend primary and high schools in Portland.

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