JIS: Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Robert Miller, says as the economy experiences more growth, the Government will be making significant investments in the early childhood sector.

 

He was addressing the Dudley Grant Memorial Trust, Early Childhood Development Conference held on Friday (December 2) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

 

The Conference was held under the theme ‘Changing the Landscape of Early Childhood Development: Pathways to a Better Society’.

 

Mr. Miller said the sector must be resourced so that Jamaica can be on a sustainable and steady path of educational development.

 

While reminding his audience that the economy grew by 2.3 per cent in the July to September quarter, and that the Planning Institute of Jamaica, is projecting continued growth of 2 per cent for the October to December period, he said there are good reasons to anticipate the improved investments.

 

“We have reasons to be optimistic, let us continue to work for the building of Jamaica, where businesses can be increased,” Mr. Miller said.

 

He said developmental fora like the conference, help to sharpen the skills of teachers, and other persons within the sector.

 

The Dudley Grant Memorial Trust, was established in 1989, to commemorate the work and contribution of the late D.R.B. Grant to early childhood development.

 

Some of the aims and objectives of the Trust are: to advocate on behalf of early childhood development and inform national policy; and to facilitate improvement in the management practices in the basic school system.

 

The conference looked at various tools for improving the teaching/learning process, and heard from several experts in academia, including Director of the Caribbean Institute for Health Research, Professor Susan Walker.

 

CAPTION: Robert Miller, Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information