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NAZ Children's Centre

Published:Thursday | September 20, 2012 | 12:00 AM
From left: Betty McKenzie of the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SFJ); Celsa Nuno, president of the SJF and Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica; Alixann Narcisse-Campbell, principal and director of the Naz Children Centre; Gregory Mair, then minister of state in the Ministry of Education, with several students of the centre in Ironshore, Montego Bay, during a handover ceremony to donate furniture and educational supplies to the institution last year. - FILE PHOTO

Focusing for individual, unique needs

NAZ Children's Centre in Montego Bay, St James, is a unique 'mixed ability' school designed to fit each child's individual learning needs with a structure that caters to average learners, learners who work above age and grade levels, children with autism, cerebral palsy and learning delays.

The introduction on the centre's website states:

"Whether your child is a genius, an average learner, behind in development, a saint or a rebel, at NAZ there are no boundaries to a child's development. Moulding young minds is our priority. The NAZ family is here with open arms."

NAZ caters to children from kindergarten to the sixth-grade level, with small class settings giving children room to grow both intellectually and creatively.

The school states that staff members thrive on the love they have for children and are driven to ensure that they maximise their learning potential.

The centre offers tailored programmes designed to develop minds that may have a special need or may be uncomfortable learning in the traditional class setting.

The NAZ Children's Centre describes its approach to teaching as a fun-filled affair with many recreational events that bring parents, teachers, friends, sponsors and children together.

The Event

The Digicel Foundation will stage its 5K Night Run/Walk aimed at increasing awareness around the special-needs community in Jamaica. The 5K Night Run/Walk is the first-ever night race being held in Jamaica, which will be staged in downtown Kingston, home of Digicel's new headquarters. The theme of the event is 'Take Back the Night', which seeks to alter perceptions about hosting events at night in Downtown Kingston. For NAZ, the parallel is one in which the school wishes to redefine perceptions of persons living with special needs.

Beneficiaries of the event are the Jamaica Association for the Deaf, the Jamaica Association on Intellectual Disabilities, the Jamaica Society for the Blind, the Jamaica Autism Support Association, the STEP Centre, the Mustard Seed Communities, the NAZ Children's Centre and the Randolph Lopez School of Hope.

The route for the 5K Night Run/Walk will start at the Digicel headquarters and proceed westerly along Port Royal Street; turn at the roundabout then proceed easterly on Harbour Street; left on to King Street, left on to South Parade; right on to West Parade; right on to North Parade; right on to East Parade; proceed on to Church Street, left on to Harbour Street, right at the corner of the Jamaica Stock Exchange; right on to Port Royal Street; left on to East Street, right on to Nethersole Place; left on to Ocean Boulevard; right on to King Street; left on to Port Royal street and finish at Digicel.

It will be on Saturday, October 20.