Certification upgrade for 128 basic school teachers

Monday, April 24, 2017    

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May Pen, Clarendon — One hundred and twenty-eight early childhood practitioners from Clarendon and Manchester recently completed a year-long teacher certification course through the Advancing Childhood Education Programme (ACEP).

The programme, which is in its fourth year, is funded by the Noble Foundation through bauxite/alumina company Jamalco and is administered by The Mico University College in partnership with the Early Childhood Commission and the United Way of Jamaica.

The Noble Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Noble Resources Group, which owns 55 per cent of Jamalco. The government accounts for the remaining 45 per cent through Clarendon Alumina Partners (CAP).

Keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony Dr Rebecca Tortello, education specialist at UNICEF, lauded the ACEP programme for positively impacting educators and students.

Jamalco’s General Counsel Sonia Mitchell, who brought greetings on behalf of CEO Antonio Melo, reiterated the company’s support for education.

“As a company, we are committed to raising the standard of education among schools within our operating areas,” she said.

Valedictorian Garrsha Williams-Smith thanked the facilitators for “refusing to leave us without making a mark on us”.

She charged her fellow graduates to use their certification as a stepping stone for further academic success.

Participating students, including four men, were trained in groups located in Kellits, Foga Road in Clarendon and Mile Gully in Manchester.






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