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  • The Ministry of Education will, on Wednesday, October 15, launch a clean schools campaign, to rid and prevent breeding sites for mosquitoes in and round educational institutions.
  • The initiative is part of a national effort to reduce vector-borne diseases, including Chikungunya (CHIKV).
  • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, made the announcement at Barita Education Foundation’s 10th anniversary breakfast forum held on October 14, at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew.

The Ministry of Education will, on Wednesday, October 15, launch a clean schools campaign, to rid and prevent breeding sites for mosquitoes in and round educational institutions.

The initiative is part of a national effort to reduce vector-borne diseases, including Chikungunya (CHIKV).

Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, made the announcement at Barita Education Foundation’s 10th anniversary breakfast forum held on October 14, at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew.

He said many of the island’s 2,600 early childhood institutions will be included in the clean-up effort and is urging key stakeholders to join the campaign to keep school compounds clean.

He said the consciousness that now pervades the society on the need to keep surroundings clean, must be sustained.

“We are inviting parents and teachers to let us make our schools, wellness centres, and our little children must glean the habits of cleanliness, the habits of personal sanitation, of environmental sustenance, protection and enhancement,” Minister Thwaites said.

Meanwhile, the Education Minister lauded the work of the Barita Education Foundation in the development of the early childhood education sector over its 10-year existence. He said the foundation has been successful because of the linkages it fosters among the school, home and community.

“Barita has engaged social workers in their endeavour to ensure that we go into the families and into the communities for the best outcomes for our children,” he said.

The Barita Education Foundation works in vulnerable communities in Kingston and St. Andrew to improve literacy and numeracy at the early childhood level (3-6 years).

Its reach has grown from five partner schools at its launch in 2004 to 31 institutions, impacting the lives of 9,370 children, 1,442 parents, and 143 teachers.

Chairman of the Foundation, Rita Humphries-Lewin, expressed pride in the work of the foundation, which she said, aims to create a more literate and stable society.