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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) yesterday (Dec.18), handed over three multimedia projectors, valued at more than $206,000, to three early childhood resource centres across the island.
The projectors, which will benefit centres in regions two, four and six, were donated as part of UNICEF’s Early Childhood Development Country Programme, which is an on-going strategy for institutional strengthening at the community level.
At the handing-over ceremony held at the Early Childhood Commission’s (ECC) head office downtown Kingston, Chairman of the entity, Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughan, thanked UNICEF for its collaborative efforts in the development of the early childhood sector.
She said that the resource centres play a pivotal role in providing training for early childhood practitioners as well as parents, to promote optimal child development. “The centres provide interaction between the community and the early childhood sector,” she pointed out.
She said that the multimedia projectors provided by UNICEF, will be used to further develop the sector, as they will enable the centres to train large numbers of persons, more frequently. She called for greater collaborative efforts to ensure that all the centres island wide have relevant equipment that are “technologically up-to-date.”
Assistant Chief Education Officer for the Early Childhood Unit, Evadne Vennor, noted that the donation of the projectors “is timely as we strive to promote quality delivery through curriculum implementation, and interaction with our children.”
She urged the resource centre managers to utilise the gadgets effectively in their training. “The beneficiaries of these gifts will be certainly enriched based on the mandate [of the Commission] of improving the quality of early childhood development, she said”.
Resource centre manager for region four, Melrose Cameron, thanked UNICEF on behalf of the recipients. She noted that the “projectors will be an asset to our programmes and activities at the resource centres as we continue to cater to the needs of all.”