7 th Meeting and 2 nd Interamerican CSR & Early Childhood Meeting October 11- 12 2012. Marie Archer Hitchins Barita Education Foundation (BEF) Kingston, Jamaica. Demographic Overview. Jamaica is a small island in the Caribbean Population approximately 3M Official Language – English
Marie Archer Hitchins
Barita Education Foundation (BEF)
National Council on Education (NCE)2009
A service economy requires a labour force that is:
This indicates that parents have bought into the importance of education at the early childhood level.
2004 established Early Childhood Commission (ECC). An inter-sectoral body comprising health, education and social welfare services
Establishment of a comprehensive legal, regulatory and policy framework:
The Early Childhood Programme in Jamaica is a tripartite arrangement between the:
The BEF Programme is a Two-year intervention which focuses on:
Using an integrated Agenda that incorporates
Teachers & Parents
Enhance the knowledge and instructional skills of Pre- School teachers in:
The B.E.F. Teachers lead the guided learning sessions with demonstrations that connect knowledge and application.
Social workers arrange discussions and activities to:
Every child is assessed. A programme of instruction is developed in order to:
In Jamaica we have now come to the point in our development where companies are beginning to understand that CSR is not charity, but rather an investment in their communities which over the long term will redound to them.
CSR in Early Childhood Development the Cornerstone of economic development.
Let’s Make A Difference !!!!!!!!!