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MP donates $1 million to early childhood development

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2016 | 10:00 AMGareth Davis Sr
West Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz handing a cheque valued at $1 million to Karlene Deslandes of the Early Childhood Commission last Friday at Lynch Park, Buff Bay, Portland.

Buff Bay, Portland:

The Early Childhood Commission (ECC) has received a major boost with a donation of $1 million from West Portland Member of Parliament (MP) Daryl Vaz during a Region Two Certification Fair held at Lynch Park in Buff Bay, Portland, on the weekend.

Vaz, who is also minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for economic growth and job creation, expressed his sentiments towards what he described as the success made by the ECC in regulating early childhood institutions islandwide.

NEW HEIGHT

According to the MP, the ECC has set the bar at a new height, which will result in the transformation and revolution in the way early childhood institutions conduct their day-to-day operation in assisting with the growth and development of children from an early stage.

"Everyone knows about my passion towards education, especially at the early childhood stage," commented Vaz.

He added, "Education is the only vehicle that provides sustainable growth and development of our people. It is also the only way to alleviate poverty and channel you on a path to prosperity. I am pledging $1 million to assist with the development of early childhood education. This donation comes on the heels of back-to-school contribution, wherein I spent $7 million from my constituency development fund to assist students and institutions."

The MP's contribution highlighted the need for greater resources to fund early childhood development, as the ECC revealed that of the 40 early childhood institutions in that constituency, only two schools secured marks above 50 per cent in compliance with the criteria they stipulated.