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Moneague students to benefit from Project Sprout

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 11:23 AM


The Sandals Foundation and the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) have collaborated to implement Project Sprout at the Moneague Teachers' College Basic School with a recent launch of the programme at the institution.

The programme was launched with the opening of a classroom with computers and teaching aids, for the children.

Project Sprout is one aspect of Sandals Foundation's early-childhood intervention programme and targets children who are having problems matriculating to primary school.

According to Heidi Clarke, director of programmes at Sandals Foundation, Project Sprout is meant to bolster the students and get them ready for primary school and beyond, as starting on the right footing prepares them for whatever comes their way.

Project Sprout was first introduced in the school system in September 2013 and was officially launched in 2014 and is now in five schools, impacting more than 60 children.

From year one, 90 per cent of the 60 children impacted have shown improvement towards readiness for first grade.

"One of the major goals of the Sandals Foundation is really to look at how we can prepare children to have the best footing for their academic careers, going into primary school," Clarke reiterated, as she spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch the programme at Moneague.

She further stated that the programme is about strengthening teacher quality, and increasing the involvement of parents with their children, both in the home and in school.

Dream come true

Meanwhile, board chairman Lisa White said she was joyful for the implementation of the programme, as it was a dream that has come true for her.

Principal Janice Keene was also grateful for the programme, saying "This is for the good of our children."

Eighteen students at the school have already been identified as potential benefactors.

Monica Ladd of AFJ, in her remarks, recognised the role of the various stakeholders involved in the process, particularly the chairman of the board, the principal and head of the parent-teacher association, along with parents, teachers and the neighbourhood, which she stressed was important.

"The neighbourhood is also here to support and I think that a school cannot work without the parents, the teachers and the neighbourhood, it does take a community to raise children, and it's not just the parents," Ladd stated.