The government of Dominica said its eye will be set on the island’s children in 2012. The year will be declared Universal Access to Early Childhood Education, said Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.
Speaking at a church service in Grandbay on Sunday, the Prime Minister stated that government is willing to sacrifice other planned projects in order to finance the education of every underprivileged child.
“Every single child in this country, irrespective of who you are, will have a space at a pre-school in this country. If it means the government has to set aside a project to finance it, we have to finance it because we owe it to our children and we owe it to the future generation of this country,” Skerrit articulated.
He added, “There are too many children of pre-school age who are not at school, and in some cases, because the parents may not be able to afford it.”
He lamented that parents have to stay home with their children and “cannot go out to look for work.”
The initiative follows the Universal Secondary Education system government introduced here in 2005. It has also said that among its goals is that every Dominican home has a university graduate by 2015.