Dominica will receive six (6) state of the art preschools, thanks to the generosity of the Maria Holder Memorial Trust, Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Petter Saint Jean has revealed.
The Maria Holder Memorial Trust’s mission, as per its website, is to contribute to the alleviation of poverty and to improve the quality of life of vulnerable people, particularly in Barbados.
The trust was originally founded by Christopher Holder, SCM, son of the late Maria Holder, and his brother-in-law, Chesterfield Brewster.
In making the announcement on Monday 18 June 2018, Mr Saint Jean said his ministry continues to partner with support agencies across the region and the world to build on the island’s early childhood sector.
He said a firm commitment was received from the Maria Holder Trust for the construction of these early childhood facilities which will be attached to the primary schools in Wotten Waven, Belles, Concord, Warner, Trafalgar and Roseau.
Saint Jean, who was addressing a National Sensitization Exercise for Early Childhood Development, added that while much has been accomplished in the area of early childhood education, the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development will continue to engage in dialogue, training and consultations with key organizations such as UNICEF and the OECS.
These organizations, along with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), he continued have indicated their continued support for early childhood education as they recognize that these early moments matter.
“Moreover, these institutions have emphasized that investments in early childhood education yields significant economic and social returns and as such we must take up the responsibility to provide quality early childhood development programs for our children, our country’s future,” Mr. Saint Jean stated.