Saint Jean says early childhood education forefront of policy initiative

Education Minister Petter Saint Jean. File photo

Education Minister, Petter Saint Jean has said the importance of equipping children with the necessary skills at an early stage has been at the forefront of his ministry’s policy initiatives.

He made that statement while delivering remarks at a National Sensitization Exercise to support an integrated operations framework for Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector held at the Goodwill Parish Hall on Monday.

The workshop was organized with the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development in collaboration with UNICEF and the OECS Secretariat.

“The importance of equipping our children with the necessary skills at the early stage to foster a society of productive and successful adults has been at the forefront of our policy initiatives,” he said. “It is for this reason that government continues to invest heavily in early childhood development and put the essential legislation, infrastructure and instruments in place.”

According to Saint Jean, the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development has long recognized the significance of early childhood education and its impact on the cognitive, socio-economic and physical Development of our children.

“It is fully understood that early childhood education is the foundation for further learning and we therefore have a responsibility to educate our children and to assist them in overcoming any educational disadvantages,” he stated.

Meanwhile Saint Jean revealed Dominica will receive six state of the art preschools courtesy of the Maria Holder Memorial Trust.

He said the schools were attached to the primary schools in Wotten Waven, Belles, Concord, Warner, Trafalgar and Roseau.

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5 Comments

  1. paul
    June 22, 2018

    Don’t you think its time to give the early childhood educators the same pay as the primary and secondary teachers, they deserve it for the hard work.

  2. Free Thinker
    June 20, 2018

    More talk with no action!!!

  3. Neville
    June 20, 2018

    Listen to that useless man. Promising more pie in the sky. Oh, sorry I ment to say state of the art pie in the sky.

  4. Roger Burnett
    June 19, 2018

    The best “Early Childhood Development” is in a caring home environment. I believe that many of our social problems stem from the absence of early childhood parenting.

    Children have more than enough time for regimented schooling after the age of five.

  5. viewsexpressed
    June 19, 2018

    J St. Jean says “……..has been at the forefront of his ministry’s policy initiatives.” St. Jean, this is a blatant lie and a big Untruth and a real nonsense talk you talking. Who do you feel that you are fooling, or is that you are politically at the level of the Early Childhood Lack of development in policies.
    St. Jean, if you were right and so concerned, that ECD should have been on the “forefront”, at least ten (10) years ago. What happen, you don’t understand the English language? When one lies, they mix up their words and thought because they try hard to make a failure and a lie, above the truth. Not this Corrupt Labour Government, they are far gone and still at Early Childhood politics. Labour and it`s failed Skerrit and failed government must Go. Stop trying to fool we Dominicans with your failed performance and that of your corrupt Labour government. Labour you have failed your people, insulted your people, abuse your people of Domininca and you all now is keep us…

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