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  • Forty schools across the island are to benefit from important educational resource material through the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP), being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).
  • A total of 15 educational charts have been produced covering a variety of areas, to include: telling the time; good qualities; addition; using capital letters; Jamaica’s parishes; and the capital, languages, currency and flags of the European Union (EU) and CARICOM countries.
  • The selected topics covered by the charts were vetted by the Ministry of Education.

Forty schools across the island are to benefit from important educational resource material through the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP), being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).

“This reflects the core objective and purpose of the PRP towards inclusive growth and equitable development by promoting economic well being and enhanced quality of life for residents in volatile communities. One of the pillars is education, and in this case these charts are designed to enhance learning of students in the (selected) 40 schools,” Managing Director of JSIF, Scarlette Gillings, said today (March 4).

She was speaking at the Educational Charts launch and Principals’ Seminar/Workshop, at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in Kingston.

A total of 15 educational charts have been produced covering a variety of areas, to include: telling the time; good qualities; addition; using capital letters; Jamaica’s parishes; and the capital, languages, currency and flags of the European Union (EU) and CARICOM countries. The selected topics covered by the charts were vetted by the Ministry of Education.

The project was founded on the input of 10 Principals representing a cross section of the 40 PRP assisted institutions who identified learning aids in the form of teaching charts to address the pressing need for literacy and numeracy educational material.

In her remarks at the launch, Head of Delegation of the EU to Jamaica, Ambassador Paola Amadei, lauded the emphasis placed on numeracy and literacy as illustrated in several of the posters.

“It is important for the schools in vulnerable communities where children don’t necessarily have support in these skills in their homes. In order to provide for them a level playing field to be on par with children in more fortunate circumstances, we need to make an extra effort to make their education a starting point for a better life,” she said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Dorrette Campbell, lauded the work of JSIF.

“The Ministry of Education applauds JSIF for acting upon its recognition that education is arguably the most potent vehicle in our country’s effort to reduce poverty and boost social development,” she said.

A group was selected within each of the participating schools to design the charts. The top 15 charts were then selected to be used as teaching/learning implements in the selected schools. Over 15,000 charts will be distributed among the schools.

Capacity building training for principals of the PRP assisted schools was also facilitated by the PRP.

A sum of $464 million has been allocated by the EU to facilitate the continued work of the PRP IV, which is slated to last until May 2018.

The PRP, which is a jointly funded partnership between the Government of Jamaica and the EU, is a grant assistance programme which supports a range of infrastructure and human development projects.