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MoBay City run donates $500,000 to four early childhood institutions

BY HORACE HINES
Observer West reporter

Thursday, March 15, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Four early childhood institutions in western Jamaica are now fully certified after meeting the standards of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) following receipt of funding totalling $500,000 from the proceeds of the 2017 staging of the MoBay City Run.

The four institutions are the Vaughnsfield Primary and Infant School and Catherine Hall Basic School in St James, the Santoy Basic School in Hanover and the Whithorn Early Childhood Institution in Westmoreland. Together the four institutions received a total $500,000 to cover expenses to improve the standards at their facilities.

The four schools join an elite group of 111 early childhood institutions out of the overall 2,700 that are now fully certified by the ECC.

“I want to tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that because of MoBay City Run's investment these four institutions are now fully certified,” Nordia Seymour-Hall, director, Sector Support Services, ECC, disclosed.

“We have just about 2,700 early childhood institutions in Jamaica. Ninety-one per cent of them have applied for a certificate of registration. So basically 2,433 of them have applied for certificates of registration and of that number, only a few are fully certified; the number is quite small. It's 111 certified early childhood institutions that we have.”

Seymour-Hall was delivering the keynote address at the official cheque presentation ceremony of the 2017 staging of MoBay City Run annual 10k/5k race.

A cheque for $4.5 million went to tertiary students attending the University of the West Indies Western Campus, University of Technology Western Campus, Sam Sharpe Teachers' College, and the Montego Bay Community College.

Acting director, University of the West Indies, Western Jamaica Campus Patrick Prendergast noted that charitable organisations are doing an excellent job in assisting early childhood institutions to be fully certified by the ECC.

“I think that one of the most wonderful things that this country has done in recent times is to introduce the Early Childhood Commission, because certain targets have been set that we have to meet and, trust me, MoBay City Run, this is where we come in. Because we also know that the charitable organisations have been doing a tremendous job of filling the gap that exists at that level,” Prendergast, who is also a committee member of MoBay City Run, expressed.

Established in 2014 by journalist Janet Silvera, MoBay City Run has so far raised over $15 million.

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