Marks 10th Anniversary of annual Ministry of Education Literacy Competition
Kingston, Jamaica – 03 November 2009: The Digicel Foundation and Illuminat have joined the Special Education Unit, within the Ministry of Education, in rewarding the winner of their annual Literacy Competition, which targets its seven Units across the island. On Thursday, November 5 a handover ceremony will take place at Hazard Primary School, Clarendon, at 10am, of the Special Education Resource Room and donation of technological equipment.
To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the competition, this partnership will bring a burst of technological equipment within the Special Education Units, islandwide. Prior to this, none of the Units had been technologically equipped; nevertheless, the teachers have undergone training and workshops to make their teaching styles more modern and interactive.
“Digicel Foundation recognizes the 10 years of hard work and commitment that the seven Special Education Units have shown,” explained Major General Robert Neish, Executive Director of Digicel Foundation. “We want to especially commend the teachers in these Units; they are a special breed of people to be in this particular vocation and so we applaud their dedication and endless patience to impact learning in the minds of our children.”
The purpose of the Competition is to promote the love of reading and improved literacy rates of its students in the Units. This year, and for the third time in a row, Hazard Special Education Unit has emerged the winner. Their prize is a newly refurbished and fully equipped Resource Room to aid in literacy and numeracy, which Digicel Foundation will be officially handing over at the event. The other units have received various literacy and numeracy equipment, typically found in a Resource Room.
Digicel Foundation will also be using this opportunity to assist other institutions that it has worked with in the past. These institutions include: Social Development Commission, Waldensia Primary in Trelawny, Balaclava Primary School in St. Elizabeth, Spanish Town Primary and Meadowbrook High School.
“As a result of Digicel’s policy of utilizing items that are being replaced through the Digicel Foundation, we are very pleased to offer these reconditioned items to other projects and programs that we’ve helped in the past,” commented Major General Neish. “It is our way of keeping involved with our projects and helping with their continued development,” he also said.
Illuminat is on board and they have reconditioned the printers and copiers that will be handed over at the function. “We are glad for the cooperation that Illuminat has offered and appreciate their efforts in this regard,” asserted Major General Neish.