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  • Students, teachers, and other stakeholders in the early childhood sector will participate in a week of activities from September 13 to 18, to mark the centennial of the birth of pioneer of early childhood development in Jamaica, Dudley Grant.
  • Chair of the Board of Trustees, Dudley Grant Memorial Trust (DGMT), Professor the Hon. Elsa Leo-Rhynie, said the celebration is in recognition of Mr. Grant’s outstanding legacy.
  • Activities will get underway on September 13 with a church service at the East Queen St. Baptist Church in Kingston.

Students, teachers, and other stakeholders in the early childhood sector will participate in a week of activities from September 13 to 18, to mark the centennial of the birth of pioneer of early childhood development in Jamaica, Dudley Grant.

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Dudley Grant Memorial Trust (DGMT), Professor the Hon. Elsa Leo-Rhynie, said the celebration is in recognition of Mr. Grant’s outstanding legacy.

Activities will get underway on September 13 with a church service at the East Queen St. Baptist Church in Kingston.

On September 15, teachers’ colleges across the island will host their own celebratory activities, while September 16 will be observed as community day, which will see scores of students from 3,200 early childhood institutions and resource centres islandwide, reading the ‘Dudley Grant Story’.

On September 17, the Dudley Grant Memorial Lecture will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel with Senior Advisor, Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Dr. Joan Lombardi, as the guest speaker.

The week culminates on September 18 with an early childhood conference under the theme: ‘Self-Regulation: Supporting Every Child’s Needs’, to be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mr. Grant, who died in 1988, was born on September 15, 1915.

He started his career in 1941 as a primary school teacher and he served in various capacities within the education sector up to 1962.

It was during that period that he received financing for development of the early childhood education programme in Jamaica through the Bernard Van Leer Foundation based in The Hague, Holland.

In 1989, the foundation, in recognition of Mr. Grant’s contribution to the sector, provided funds for the establishment of the DGMT, which is being used to carry on his work.