The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development is to launch an Early Learner’s Programme’ in the new year, Education Minister Petter Saint Jean has announced.
The programme is said to be one of government’s new initiatives for the education sector and will address literacy and numeracy.
“As we look forward to even greater successes in the New Year we can expect the launch of the ‘Early Learner Programme’ supported by the Organization of American States (OAS) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to address under-performance in literacy and numeracy,” he said on state-owned DBS Radio.
According to Saint Jean, the government also looks eagerly towards the inauguration of the new Newtown Primary School funded by the People’s Republic of China.
Earlier reports stated that upon completion, the $6.8-million facility will have a total of 14 classrooms, labs for science lessons and the performing arts, an auditorium as well as an elevator to cater for students with disabilities.
The contract for the school was signed on October 9, 2013.
Saint Jean noted that the government is also looking forward to the successful relocation of students displaced by Tropical Storm Erika which severely damaged Dominica on August 27.
“We also look forward to the successful relocation of all students displaced by the passage of Tropical Storm Erika and continue the massive counselling campaign conducted by an efficient team of counsellors that included the ministry’s own in- house counsellors,” he said.