February 14, 2019:

Jamaican Teas, through its Caribbean Dreams’ Initiative is improving the learning environments of children in Early Childhood Institutions (ECIs) in Jamaica through a donation of 500 play mats.

The mats will be distributed to approximately 150 ECIs. Fifty percent of the mats will be distributed based on needs of the institution. Fifteen percent will be distributed to special education early childhood schools, twenty percent to ECIs in the vicinity of Jamaican Teas’ Factory and Office and the final fifteen will be donated to ECIs in communities where staff of Jamaican Teas reside.

Some of the ECIs to benefit include: Annotto Bay Infant, Mason Hall Infant, Devon Pen Basic, Dalvey Primary and Infant, Orange Bay Infant Department, Rural Hill Infant Department and Reach Infant Department.

The Handing Over Ceremony was held this afternoon at the Early Childhood Commission’s Head Office. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Honourable Ruel Reid said the Ministry has developed a 0-18 strategy that will see the government taking responsibility of the education provided to children and youth within that cohort. This will provide children with the opportunity to leave secondary institutions with an Associate Degree.

Chairman of the Early Childhood Commission, Trisha Williams-Singh said “Jamaican Teas, through this donation, will help to improve the lives of children in less-fortunate communities in Jamaica by stimulating children’s senses, developing their intellectual skills, encouraging freedom and movement among other benefits.”