MONEAGUE PRIMARY AND JUNIOR HIGH HOSTED PARENTING WORKSHOP FOR NEW ENRICHMENT ROOM
Students all set to benefit through the Enrichment Centre Initiative Kingston, Jamaica – 20 January 2010: Under the theme, “Getting Involved in Your Child’s Literacy and Numeracy Learning, parents of students at the Moneague Primary and Junior High School participated in a Parenting Workshop that introduced them to and educated them on the benefits that can be derived from the Enrichment Centre Initiative. The workshop was held on Wednesday, January 20th at the Moneague Primary and Junior High School, St. Ann.
According to Enrichment Centre teacher, Nadia Richards, “Through the workshop, parents saw the importance of working with their child towards improving their overall level of literacy”. Ms. Richards is equipped through an intensive three-month training program with strategies on how to identify and treat each child’s area of weakness and to manipulate the various literacy and numeracy software and hardware – a training that was done by representatives of the three main streams of the Ministry of Education (Literacy, Numeracy and Special Education).
Principal Marcia Hinds added that the school was moved to seek the assistance of Digicel Foundation as they were becoming concerned that the school’s literacy and numeracy seemed to have been slipping. “At present, the Grade 4 literacy and numeracy rates are at 71% and 51% respectively. Now with the Enrichment Room we are working to achieve 90% in literacy and 75% in numeracy in the Grade 4 Assessment Test by the end of this year.”
During a presentation at the workshop by Dr. Michele Meredith, Enrichment Centre Coordinator for the Education Transformation Projects, “The Enrichment Centre Initiative is tailored to meet both the needs of under-achievers, reading below their grade levels, and over-achievers, who require more educational challenges that are not presented in the normal classroom context”.
“At Moneague Primary and Junior High, we seek to develop the whole person by encouraging each student to make wise personal choices; to accept the responsibility for his/her own actions; to live in harmony with the environment and to develop him/herself physically, socially and intellectually. The Enrichment Centre initiative will certainly assist them in a lot of these areas,” closed Principal Hinds.
About the Enrichment Centre
Moneague’s Enrichment Room is one of 13 such facilities under the Enrichment Centre Initiative that was refurbished and equipped with laptops, computers, literacy and numeracy software such as Hooked on Phonics, Early Success, Math Manipulative Audio-Visual Headsets, TV and DVD Players, among other equipment. This was done by the Digicel Foundation in partnership with the Ministry of Education. The other schools that are benefitting from the Initiative are Waterford Primary, Lyssons Primary, Franklin Town Primary, Balaclava Primary, Victoria Town Primary, Cave Hill Primary, Drapers All Age, Melrose Primary and Junior High, New Hope Primary and Junior High, St. Ann’s Bay Primary and Spanish Town Primary School that received two rooms (due to its large student population).