The Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund handed $1.8 million worth of furniture over to the Early Childhood Institute computer lab at Shortwood Teachers’ College in Kingston, on Thursday (January 14), continuing its commitment to early childhood education.
Speaking at a ceremony at the school, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CHASE Fund, Billy Heaven, said the furnishing of the computer lab was one of its flagship projects, as CHASE is a major player in the early childhood sector.
He said that over the last six years, the Fund has provided more than $1.3 billion in funding to the sector, in areas such as the building of schools compatible with the Early Childhood Act. The Fund is also refurbishing a resource centre and building others, as well as funding feeding programmes and providing training for basic school teachers.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, Billy Heaven, speaking at Thursday’s (January 14) ceremony for the official handing over of $1.8 million worth of furniture donated by the Fund to the Shortwood Teachers’ College Early Childhood Institute’s computer lab, at the school in Kingston.
Mr. Heaven said the Fund was pleased to provide the 31 chairs, 16 computer tables and sofas for the Early Childhood Institute, as the school strives to raise standards.
“This facility that we have here is testimony of the commitment of the Shortwood Teachers’ College to that process. The sector is going through a process of transformation and in this we have to ensure that the facilities are there to assist the sector as it is fomalised,” he noted.
Acting Principal of the teachers college, Dr. Christopher Clarke, thanked the CHASE Fund and the Rotary Club of North St. Andrew, partners in the project, for their support. However, he noted that the school would need additional funding to provide computers for the lab and to get the servers up and running.
Dr. Clarke also noted that the Institute will be embarking on several other projects aimed at raising standards in early childhood education.
Acting Principal of the Shortwood Teachers’ College, Dr. Christopher Clarke (left), Project Manager at the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, Paulette Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of the CHASE Fund, Billy Heaven and Past President of the Rotary Club of North St. Andrew, Michael Martin, examining some of the furniture donated by the Fund to the computer lab at the Shortwood Teachers’ College Early Childhood Institute in Kingston, on Thursday (January 14).
“When this complex is completed, we hope to have a model day-care facility, where we can indeed model what is quality day care,” he said. As part of this thrust, the College is also hoping to establish the first-ever early childhood research facility in the English-speaking Caribbean.
“When I talk about a research facility I’m talking about a facility, such as one providing one-way windows so we can observe children in the day-care facility in their natural environment, so we can better understand their needs, so we can better understand how they behave and can better prepare caregivers and teachers to serve them,” he said.