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students learning through music

Published:Thursday | November 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Photo Students from the South Borough Primary School in Portmore, playing some of the musical instruments donated by First Global Bank. They are (from left): Daniel Lugg; Shemael Deslandes; Kaia Smith; Shahida Folkes and Nicole Matthews. Looking on (from left, back row) are Sullay Walsh, teacher; Marlon Williams, senior education officer in the Ministry of Education and FGB's representatives Sheraine Campbell and Laelia Nicholson.

SouthBorough Primary School in St Catherine and Farm Primary and Junior High School and Infant Department in St James are the latest inclusions in the First Global Bank (FGB) sponsored Music, Perfect Pitch for A Sound Education programme. There are now 12 schools in the programme.

First Global Bank, a subsidiary of the GraceKennedy Group, recently donated brand new musical instruments valued at more than $500,000 to the two schools.

The project primarily targets children at the grade-three level to better enable them to develop their numeracy and literacy skills and preparing them for the Grade Four Literacy Test through the use of music. However, students across all grades in almost all the schools are benefiting tremendously from the programme since its inception three years ago.

"We are pleased to add these schools to the programme. We have been seeing positive results among the students with their grades improving to as high as 100 per cent, so we have been encouraged to add more schools into the programme," said Laelia Nicholson, assistant manager, corporate communications at GraceKennedy Financial Group.

Nicholson said FGB con-

tinues to get requests from

several schools to be added to the programme, but noted it was not possible to grant them all, adding that consideration would be given as the programme grows. "We hope to expand the programme into other regions."