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Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, has reaffirmed his Ministry’s commitment to ensuring that all children leaving the public education system are fully numerate and literate.
Speaking at the launch of the Western Union I P.L.E.D.G.E((I Promise to Lend Encouragement to Develop Growth in Education) programme, today (May 1) at the Hilton Kingston Hotel, Mr. Holness said that this commitment called for a refocussing of resources to meet the priorities the Ministry has set.
“The challenge is, with a limited budget, yes we have to assist those who are already in the population, having passed through the education system illiterate. But, moreso, we have to focus on ensuring that the education system, itself, does not turn out any more illiterates,” he said.

Minister of Education Hon. Andrew Holness, (centre) converses with Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Jamaica, Dr. Karen Hilliard (left) and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GraceKennedy Limited, Douglas Orane, during the launch of the Western Union I P.L.E.D.G.E (I Promise to Lend Encouragement to Develop Growth in Education) programme, on Friday (May 1), at the Hilton Kingston Hotel.

In keeping with this drive, Mr. Holness noted that the Ministry has already doubled the number of literacy and numeracy specialists in the field to close to 100.
The Education Ministry’s literacy and numeracy programmes will now be further advanced with additional support from the Western Union I P.L.E.D.G.E programme.

Minister of Education Hon. Andrew Holness, (right) engages in a light moment with Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Jamaica, Dr. Karen Hilliard (left) during the launch of the Western Union I P.L.E.D.G.E (I Promise to Lend Encouragement to Develop Growth in Education) programme, on Friday (May 1), at the Hilton Kingston Hotel.

The programme, which sets out to support the development of primary education in Jamaica, has been endorsed by the Ministry.
In lauding the initiative, Mr. Holness said that he was grateful for the partnership and the assistance, and that the country was proud to have corporate citizens willing to contribute to its educational development.
A major component of the I P.L.E.D.G.E programme is the Western Union National Reading Week, May 4-8, under the theme, ‘Read Today for a Brighter Tomorrow’.
Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Honourable Patricia Allen, the patron of the programme, will officially launch the reading week at the Half-Way-Tree Primary School on Monday (May 4).
Another key aspect of the programme has already been implemented, with the official launch of the Western Union National English Language Competition in February last year. Approximately 260 primary schools participated in the competition.
In addition, learning centres will be set up in 13 schools, through the partnership of the Western Union International Foundation, GraceKennedy Remittance Services,the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the People’s Action for Community Transformation (PACT).
Approximately $8.9 million will be provided for the establishment of these centres. The Education Ministry has already identified the schools, and plans are well advanced to establish the centres, with focus on technology, numeracy and literacy.

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