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Cricket education partnership scores big

Stakeholders salute Scotiabank's Kiddy's Cricket Manual

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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A new cricket adventure sponsored by Scotiabank called Chirpy was launched yesterday with the aim of developing students both in the classroom and on the field of play.

The Kiddy Cricket Academic Manual was welcomed to the school curriculum by the Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid.

Also endorsing the new inititaive are the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Olivia Grange and the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA).

When completed, the learning activities in Chirpy's Classroom Adventure is expected to lead to development in subjects such as mathematics, language, technology, social studies, science, information technology, healthy lifestyle and child protection, which are all critical to pupil's success beyond the primary level.

Phillips Service, Cricket West Indies' territorial development officer, reiterated that the programme has been in schools from as early as 2001, and yesterday's event was the launch of a more advanced version.

“The objective of the programme then and now remains a way to increase the number of students in Jamaica and across the region that are exposed to the game, thus increasing the interest in the game,” said Service at the launch at Sabina Park.

Service noted that there is a structure that employs 14 coaches who are assigned to every parish. But with 16 Kiddy Cricket schools per parish, additional support to execute the programme comes through the physical education teachers and interested individuals from the communities.

“So we would like to commend Scotiabank for their 18 years in the programme and we look forward to another 18 years.

“Today we launch our new manual. it's a programme that will show benefits in relation to the production of cricketers, and we hope that the manual will play an even more important role in producing student cricketers and better citizens,” noted Service.

Scotiabanks' public and corporate affairs manager Hope McMillan-Canaan was pleased that her company has been influencing the lives of children across the island for the last 18 year through their Kiddy Cricket initiative.

“It has been an enjoyable journey for us at Scotiabank... experiencing the enthusiasm and energy generated by these youngsters who we have helped to love this game,” she said.

Education minister Senator Reid said he was delighted to be sharing in this activity that is integrating sports and academics.

“When I saw the examples in the manual, that is exactly what PEP (Primary Exit Profile exam) is about. Instead of just simple regurgitation, instead of just doing multiple choice, you can express yourself, you can see the content relating to your own life experiences,” he noted.

“How can you not do maths to the extent that you're are doing cricket? because one of the first thing we know about cricket, it's all about scoring. Every time a batsman plays a stroke we want to determine how many runs he got. We have to keep an account of those scores,” Reid added.

Meanwhile, Grange pointed out that she was not a believer in coincidence, but found it interesting that the Kiddy Cricket Academic Manual was launched on this day that is being observed as World Heritage Day.

“World Heritage Day is all about raising awareness of the importance of protecting and preserving human heritage. Many times when we think of human heritage, we think West Indies cricket is part of our human and cultural heritage in the Caribbean. And so I'm excited by today's activity and the developments in the Kiddy Cricket programme,” said the minister.

“As minister, I welcome and fully endorse this initiative by Scotiabank and [Cricket West Indies] to build on our cricket heritage. Kiddy Cricket is in harmony with the Jamaican Government's policy to develop sport from the grass roots to the high-performance level,” Grange ended.

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