Education Ministry to Provide Textbooks to Support National Standards Curriculum

The total cost associated with these procurements for both the primary and secondary levels will be approximately $817 million. “Distribution of these resources will commence in August of this year,” Minister with responsibility for Education, Hon. Karl Samuda, said during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 31. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be providing textbooks and appropriate electronic and other supplies to support the National Standards Curriculum and other curricula at grades 1 to 13, for the upcoming academic year. Story Highlights The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be providing textbooks and appropriate electronic and other supplies to support the National Standards Curriculum and other curricula at grades 1 to 13, for the upcoming academic year.The total cost associated with these procurements for both the primary and secondary levels will be approximately $817 million.“Distribution of these resources will commence in August of this year,” Minister with responsibility for Education, Hon. Karl Samuda, said during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 31.Meanwhile, Mr. Samuda informed that the Ministry had introduced a pilot programme for the repair of damaged and worn furniture in the 2018/19 Academic Year, and that the pilot ended this month to make way for the full roll-out of the programme.Under the project, the Ministry selected two schools from each parish that have a woodwork and metalwork department. These 28 schools are known as repairer schools.In addition, each school is paired with a number of neighbouring schools that have furniture to be repaired, and is given just over $1.5 million per year to complete the repairs.So far, 6,868 pieces of furniture have been repaired at a cost of $19.65 million.“The cost to replace the furniture would have been $28.1 million. Roughly, $9 million was saved from this project,” Mr. Samuda told the House. read more

United Way Raises 75 Million For Restoration Of National Childrens Home

UWJ Chairperson, Dr. Marcia Forbes, is appealing for increased support for the fundraising effort. United Way of Jamaica (UWJ) has raised $7.5 million towards the rebuilding of the Jamaica National Children’s Home, sections of which were destroyed by fire in early August.The organisation launched the Jamaica National Children’s Home Restoration Fund in the aftermath of the fire, with the goal of raising $10 million by the end of September.UWJ Chairperson, Dr. Marcia Forbes, is appealing for increased support for the fundraising effort.“We are still inviting donations towards the home to drive us to our $10 million mark. Your donation matters and your donation will make a difference,” she said.Dr. Forbes was addressing the UWJ’s 2019 Nation Builders’ and Employees Awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (Sept. 17).Donations can be made to the Jamaica National Children’s Home Restoration Fund at Sagicor Bank, account number: 5501371949; Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS), 22772867; CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, 119201017; and the National Commercial Bank (NCB), 061048596.Meanwhile, British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Asif Anwar Ahmad, who was the guest speaker at the function, commended United Way for supporting vulnerable Jamaicans through its range of programmes.He hailed the entity’s quick response to the fire at the children’s home.“You responded immediately; I hope people will give tremendously to the Jamaica National Children’s Home Restoration Fund,” the High Commissioner said.The Jamaica National Children’s Home, located in Papine, St. Andrew, was established in 1972 to provide a loving, caring and stable home to orphans and abandoned children, as well as children with severe mental or physical disabilities, whose parents are unable to provide proper care for them.The facility houses approximately 86 children.It is estimated that the full restoration of the home will cost $150 million. United Way of Jamaica (UWJ) has raised $7.5 million towards the rebuilding of the Jamaica National Children’s Home, sections of which were destroyed by fire in early August. Story Highlights The organisation launched the Jamaica National Children’s Home Restoration Fund in the aftermath of the fire, with the goal of raising $10 million by the end of September. read more