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Mocho Primary gets state-of-the-art resource centre

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — With a state-of-the-art resource centre now in operation at the Mocho Primary and Infant School in Clarendon, stakeholders are upbeat that special needs children in the area will be exposed to the best developmental tools.

The facility, which is equipped with a library, sensory room used as therapy for children with limited communication skills, and electronic devices such as tablets, also serves five other educational institutions in the area.

It is geared at assessing and providing support for students as well as educational empowerment for parents.

It was established through grant funding from Jamalco and the Noble Foundation, which is the charity arm of Jamalco's majority owner, Noble Group.

Speaking at the official opening recently, Principal of Mocho Primary, Tina Reid, said that some 30 children have been identified with exceptionalities, and they will be the first beneficiaries of the facility.

She outlined that the centre will be available for clinical and educational psychologists and special education officers to assess students in the community.

Prior to its establishment, children from the parish who needed to be assessed had to travel to the nearest facility in Mandeville, Manchester.

“This is a community unit, and schools from other areas will also be able to utilise the facility for their students,” Reid pointed out.

“This facility will serve as an avenue through which parents of students with special needs can consult with specialists and teachers and, ultimately, access strategies on how to cater to their children,” she said.

She said that partnership will be established between the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), to engage parents in non-formal basic, and continuing education, in order to “empower them to provide the necessary assistance for their children”.

Student at the school, Kayla Williams, said that the children appreciate the facility, and implores fellow students to do all that they can to preserve it because “it is for everybody's development; so we must take care of this centre”.

The Mocho Primary and Infant School has 280 students and 13 teachers.

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