Principal emphasizes need for parent involvement in student life

62-year-old Vioris Griffiths, grandmother of Omar Hill, a student at Petersfield Primary School, Westmoreland has received the ‘Most Involved Parent Award’ in the recently concluded literacy training initiative at the institution.

The initiative was held with the aim of increasing parental involvement in their child(ren)’s academic life, especially in the area of literacy and numeracy.  In the four-day workshop parents and guardians of the school were exposed to the curriculum their children will be taught this academic year, along with guidance on how to prepare healthy meals and make useful items children need for their day-to-day activities.

“Vioris Griffiths attended every session. She showed the greatest interest of all the parents and assisted us when we had summer school. Because of this our team decided to award her the ‘Most Involved Parent’ for our programme,” said Susan Rattray Hammond, principal of Petersfield Primary School.

“I really enjoyed the programme. I can’t read and write good but I did drawing and took part in the programmes in the kitchen such as learning to prepare meals, affordable ‘one-pot meals’ and sandwiches. Now I can at least help him [Omar] with his homework. Plus I can learn a thing or two as well in my old age so it really will make both of us better,” shared an enthused Griffiths who is a retired household.

Rattray Hammond emphasized the need for parental involvement much like Griffiths’, “It has been proven multiple times that students show improved performance when parents are more involved in their school life. It can be a simple act as reviewing their assignments or even practicing their time-table with them. I encourage parents to get involved this school year.”

The training initiative is a part of the Enrichment Programme which a partnership between the Digicel Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The programme promotes literacy and numeracy, it also undertakes the building of the Enrichment Centres in schools that are then equipped with Digicel 4G Broadband, desktop and laptop computers, literacy and numeracy software such as Hooked on Phonics, Phonics Pad and Early Success and Math Manipulative Audio Visual headsets.

To date, there is a total of 231 primary schools across Jamaica benefitting through the Enrichment Programme. The Enrichment Programme is an island-wide information and communication technology partnership with the Ministry of Education.



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