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UNICEF Reads at Rollington Town

Donneth Edmondson, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at UNICEF Jamacia reads with Grade 4 boys

KINGSTON, May 5, 2015 – Staff of UNICEF Jamaica celebrated Read Across Jamaica Day by reading with children in Grades 1-4 at Rollington Town Primary, and donating books to the school.

Read across Jamaica Day, commemorated this year on May 5, was started by the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) and first celebrated in 2005 to foster interest in reading by bringing together entire communities to participate in the promotion of literacy. The day is part of activities to mark Education Week, which was observed across Jamaica from May 3 – May 9.

Rollington Town Primary School focuses on an inclusive school system and tries to give every child the opportunity and skills they need to be able to learn. UNICEF Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist Donneth Edmondson read with Grade 4 boys who are part of a Remedial Grade 4 class deliberately designed to provide them with additional support.  “Reading with the boys was a wonderful experience,” she said. “The session was interactive and they all participated with enthusiasm.”

According to the Ministry of Education, in 2010, 67 per cent of Grade 4 students showed mastery of the Grade 4 Literacy Test, (girls 78 per cent; boys 56 per cent), at first sitting.  In 2011, 93 per cent of students attending private schools showed mastery of the literacy test, compared with 69 per cent among public school attendees.

UNICEF Jamaica staff at Rollington Town Primary School, Kingston, Jamaica

At Grade 6, the average score in five subjects tested was 60 per cent.  Of particular concern is the low achievement of boys and children from poorer communities.  Performance on all the tests was higher for girls and students who attend private schools, who are generally wealthier than those attending public institutions.

UNICEF Jamaica has been focusing much of its education support on capacity building for teachers of special needs children as well as on the implementation of a school-wide positive behavior intervention system.  She added that a new emphasis on games-based learning is being explored to bolster literacy and numeracy skills at the primary level.




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