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Posted by SR (riley) on May 10 2017 at 11:37 PM
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The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be placing an additional 400 trained teachers in basic schools and infant departments as part of measures to strengthen early-childhood education.State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Floyd Green, said the initiative will be done through the Housing, Opportunity, Prosperity, Employment (HOPE) programme.  “These are trained teachers, who will be assigned throughout the region.  Clearly, we are going to target those schools that don’t have any,” he said.

HOPE is a one-stop shop for Government’s social-intervention programmes, which incorporates several initiatives that are being undertaken by various ministries/agencies to benefit communities and the most vulnerable groups in the society, namely children, persons with disabilities, the elderly, pregnant and lactating mothers and the unemployed. Turning to other initiatives in early-childhood development, Minister Green cited the move to introduce a new early-stimulation programme, which will prepare children for learning while they are still in the womb.  “We actually started and we actually put in some money last year to do some preliminary work.  It is going to be a collaborative effort involving the Ministries of Education; Labour and Social Security; and Health,” he informed. “We will be targeting, first and foremost, those parents on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) and the Early Childhood Commission will be leading that charge,” Minister Green said.