80 early childhood teachers graduate
Some 80 early-childhood teachers and practitioners from the parishes of Clarendon and Manchester are now better qualified having successfully completed the Advancing Childhood Education Programme (ACEP).
The teachers, who completed the one-year programme, were presented with their certificates at a graduation ceremony on February 24 at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon.
ACEP, which was introduced in October 2013, involves collaboration with the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), the Mico University College, and United Way of Jamaica.
The training covered the teaching of literacy and numeracy, human exceptionalities, child development, child psychology, and behaviour management.
Jamalco's Manager of Corporate Services Donna-Marie Gordon said that the programme had become so popular that the company decided to provide funding for a third cohort of participants.
Executive Director of the ECC Dr Joan Reid hailed the various partners for the opportunity provided to the teachers to improve their qualifications.
Graduate Winsome Barnaby said the certificate programme was comprehensive and will better equip the beneficiaries to deliver quality education to their students.
ACEP is designed to increase to 80 per cent the number of students achieving proficiency in reading and writing in the Grade 1 Learning Profile test in Clarendon and Manchester.
Graduates earn eight credits towards a Bachelor of Education degree offered at the Mico University College.
The ECC has on record 6,962 early-childhood teachers with qualifications ranging from NCTVET Level I to a master's degree in education.
This figure represents 69.1 per cent of all persons currently teaching in the early-childhood sector.