Early childhood development centre receives $11 million grant
Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer
The Care Bear Early Childhood Development Centre recently got a major boost to expand its facility after receiving a grant of J$ 11 million from the Embassy of Japan.
"We strongly believe that education plays a key role in empowering people, especially those who are in vulnerable situations, to ensure sustainable development of our partner countries like Jamaica," Yasuo Takase, ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, said.
"The aim of our assistance is to enable all people in the world to enjoy greater opportunities through education with good quality. Towards this end we are committed to provide support for education in responding to the diverse needs at the grassroots level in developing countries such as Jamaica," he added.
Takase went on to state that the grant contract that was signed recently marked another step in the ongoing cooperation from the people of Japan to Jamaicans.
"Known as 'Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects', this scheme supports community-based projects proposed by various bodies such as non-governmental organisations and local government authorities," he said.
Millions in assistance
"From 2012 until now, under my tenure, the Government of Japan has contributed over $150 million of grant assistance to community projects here in Jamaica," Takase continued.
Cynthia Roche-Porter, principal of the Care Bear Early Childhood Development Centre, which is located in the Waltham Park Road area of St Andrew, expressed her gratitude for the grant.
"Over the years, we have had trying times and great ones, but through it all we are proud to be where we are right now, developing an extension of the Early Childhood Centre to facilitate the growing number of parents desiring the highest level of preschool education for their children and to give them an early start for furthering their educational needs, as we at this institution ensure that these innocent minds be moulded holistically," she said.
"We are most grateful for the consideration and keen interest taken by the Embassy of Japan. The Care Bear family feels honoured to be awarded this fund. We look forward to working with you for the completion of this project," Roche-Porter added.