Saturday 5 December, 2020

Usain Bolt Foundation donates to 21 rural Early Childhood Institutions

Usain Bolt appears in a video release about his foundation's donation of supplies to 21 rural institutions.

Usain Bolt appears in a video release about his foundation's donation of supplies to 21 rural institutions.

The Usain Bolt Foundation has committed to providing $2.2 million Jamaican dollars in support for 21 Early Childhood Institutions (ECIs) in rural areas of Jamaica amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds will assist teachers with their interventions with the parents while children are at home, according to the Early Childhood Commission (ECC).

The ECC stated that 21 ECIs in Trelawny, St Ann, St James, St Elizabeth and Clarendon will each receive one laserjet printer, four print cartridges, five reams paper, one handwashing station, one thermometer, one storage bin for learning resources, and one step-on/non-touch garbage bin.

In a video release, Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt noted that these were difficult times for children in the country's rural areas, so his foundation wanted to help them in any possible way.

"I just want to say to the young kids that I know it's hard but continue working hard, continue pushing and remember that anything is possible, don't think limits," stated Bolt, who hails from the rural district of Sherwood Content in Trelawny.

Bolt is the latest Jamaican celebrity to provide support for the nation's children amid the COVID crisis which has made learning difficult.

Dancehall star Shenseea last week announced that she was donating more than 100 tablets to support children in need of electronic devices to participate in online learning.

Earlier this week, reggae icon Buju Banton donated his J$3million cash prize winnings from the Festival Song Competition to the construction of a poultry/egg layers project at Sunbeam Children’s Home.

According to estimates from both the Ministry of Education and the Jamaica Teachers association (JTA), hundreds of thousands of students are without a device such as a tablet, laptop or smart phone that would allow them to continue their education online.

While schools for the most part remain shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, ECIs have been permitted to reopen operations subject to the provisions of the Disaster Risk Management Order.

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