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Tiny tots get early black history lessons

Published:Saturday | February 28, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Carl Gilchrist photos Teacher, Marcia Davis,(foreground) sits with students from her school, Kinder Kollege.
ItÂ’s colouring time as students (pictured here) take part in the activity
Teacher from Star Kids Day Care and Learning Centre, Sandra Campbell, with one of her students, Juvana Isaac.

It was their monthly Early Literacy Programme inside the Marcus Garvey Resource Room at the St Ann Parish Library, an event which has always been fun for them.

This time around, in observance of Black History Month, a little black history information was infused into the programme.

The result was, around 80 students from Windsor Basic School in St Ann's Bay, Kinder Kollege in Ocho Rios and Star Kids Day Care and Learning Centre in Breadnut Hill, were introduced to black history lessons, while still having all the fun they wanted.

"The programme is held every month and, usually, we have story-telling, speech and drama, among other things. The students would come with their teachers and some parents would also come," explained coordinator Janet Barrett-DaCosta. Barrett-DaCosta, Angeleta Atkinson and Kaveen McPherson are responsible for running the programme.

The programme assists with brain development, early literacy skills and other things.

"For this month though, we are focusing a bit on black history and have introduced the topic to the children. We have told them of the works of famous Jamaicans such as Bob Marley and Marcus Garvey."

The children also sang along to Bob Marley's songs and watched a video showing Anansi on a slave plantation.

Sandra Campbell, of Star Kids Day Care and Learning Centre, was one of four teachers who accompanied the 38 children who came from that institution to the event. Three parents also attended.

Campbell thought the focus on black history was a beneficial move.

"It means they will learn more about black history," Campbell said. "And because kids from other schools are here, they will learn how to interact with those students from other schools; they will learn to speak out. At the same time, it is still a lot of fun for them."