Letters to the Editor

Early childhood education needs more advocates

Tuesday, April 03, 2012    

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Dear Editor,

I wish to thank Wesley Barrett for his very thoughtful article on early childhood education, published on March 3 in the Jamaica Observer, which was brought to my attention by Sheila Sealy Monteith, Jamaica's High Commissioner to Canada.

It concerns me that while established educational institutions at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels have always had recognised and respected advocates — their own and others — early childhood education, by virtue of its large number of schools and varying degrees of recognition, has required others like Mr Barrett to speak on its behalf.

It is estimated that there are almost 130,000 little children in the early childhood sector in Jamaica. Thank you, Mr Barrett, for giving voice to their importance and the sector's challenges. Informed public opinion is critical in driving progressive public policy.

Mary Anne Chambers President PACE (Canada) maryanne@ica.net 

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