United Way of Jamaica supporting Early Childhood Education

The United Way of Jamaica on Thursday August 16, 2018 presented the sum of $1,472,000 to six (6) basic schools at a Cheque Handing Over Ceremony held at the National Volunteer Centre. These funds will assist the institutions to improve their facilities in preparation to become certified with the Early Childhood Commission. This will in turn result in a total of 396 students and teachers being positively impacted come the new school year, September 2018.
Chair of the Board of Governors of the United Way of Jamaica, Dr. Marcia Forbes in addressing the recipients stated that “Early Childhood Education is a major priority for the United Way of Jamaica. Our investment in this area continues to make a difference and fill critical gaps in alignment with Jamaica’s National Development goals.”

Speaking at the Cheque Handing Over Ceremony, Chair of the Early Childhood Commission, Mrs. Trisha Williams-Singh said that “this contribution of $1,472,000 will go a far way in helping these institutions in attainting the 12 legal operating standards.” She further stated that “with the recent talks of corruption and funds not going where they should, if you go with the United Way of Jamaica it’s guaranteed that your money will be used wisely. With that said I encourage Jamaicans home and abroad to partner with the United Way of Jamaica, they have done a tremendous job in assisting to improve the Early Childhood sector in Jamaica.”

The six basic school recipients included:

  1. Eric Malcolm Basic School - St. Andrew
  2. Sanguinette Early Childhood Institution - Trelawny
  3. Nutshell Basic School - St. Catherine
  4. York Town Basic School - Clarendon
  5. Herrick Basic School - St. Andrew
  6. Comfort Baptist Basic School - Clarendon

The United Way of Jamaica was incorporated in January 1985 and is an autonomous non-profit Private Voluntary Organization, registered as a Charitable Organization and an affiliate of the United Way worldwide. The UWJ brings donors, volunteers, community leaders and other stakeholders together to meet the needs in the society.

For further information contact:
Ms. Althea Bennett
Campaign & Communications Manager
United Way of Jamaica
Telephone: 922-9424-7
Email:[email protected]