Eradicating Illiteracy

Eradicating illiteracy is a national objective in Jamaica. The Ministry of Education has recently implemented three programs designed to eradicate illiteracy among Jamaican children including the “Literacy 1-2-3 program”, which provides a curriculum and the necessary support materials for the three first grades. However, The Government of Jamaica does not supply books or educational materials to Kindergarten children. The Books4Kids Jamaica book program fills a gap by providing books to children at an early age, helping them prepare for first grade.

The Palmyra Foundation collaborates with the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) of Jamaica to ensure that book selections follow curriculum guidelines that support the Governments “Literacy 1-2-3 program”. The ECC has noted their appreciation to The Palmyra Foundation for its contribution of much needed reading materials for all ages of the Early Childhood sector. As in previous years, Officers from the Early Childhood Commission were present at many schools to assist with the 2014 book distribution.


“This is the Foundation’s seventh year providing learning materials to Early Childhood Institutions. The effects of its contribution have proven worthwhile as the students who received materials last year saw a boost in their performance.”
– Nikki Windross, Regional Early Childhood Development Officer in Region 4