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Keith Brown was a champion for education

Published:Thursday | July 29, 2021 | 12:11 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

It is with much regret that the Dudley Grant Memorial Trust (DGMT) has learnt of the death of Mr Keith Brown, and the Trust sends sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

The DGMT pays tribute to Mr Brown as one of the DGMT’s founding trustees, who had an outstanding tenure as a loyal, devoted champion of early-childhood development (ECD) in Jamaica. Mr Brown’s introduction to ECD came through the “missionary zeal” of Mr Dudley Ransford Brandyce Grant, in his search for private-sector partnership in the development of ECD in Jamaica. In his presentation to the Annual Early Childhood Conference in 2013, Mr Brown recalled that in the 1970s,

“He (Mr Grant) trekked all over Jamaica and one of his trips took him to St Elizabeth, where he sat me down and after two hours, not only got me to commit Alumina Partners of Jamaica, where I was then the public relations manager, to funding his experimental programme in having a resident teacher-trainer and a community-based governing body in St Elizabeth as a pilot project, but made me a lifelong convert to the early-childhood cause.”

The shared vision of Mr Grant and Mr Brown resulted in the Nain Teacher Training Centre, which became a major hub for the development of paraprofessionals to undertake the education of children in basic schools in Jamaica.

Mr Brown was indeed a lifelong advocate for ECD, and for almost 30 years gave unstintingly and generously of his time, expertise and enthusiasm to the various initiatives, activities and projects undertaken by the DGMT. We mourn his loss, but give thanks for his significant contribution to the education and development of several generations of our children, as well as the many other ways in which he has been a committed nation builder. May his soul rest in peace.

DUDLEY GRANT MEMORIAL TRUST