The Government is invested some $1 million dollars in preschool-education Monday, with the launch of its Preschool Grant Programme. The initiative is expected to pave the way for the opening of new preschools across the country while facilitating the expansion of existing facilities.
On hand for the occasion, was Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, who noted that preschool operators will receive grants of up to $25,000.
“The goal of providing grants to expand privately-owned pre-schools, is to make more seats available for pre-schoolers and to enable the government to meet its target.
“And toward this end, $1 million will be made available for preschool directors. Thirty-six privately-owned pre-schools will be awarded funding up to $25,000 each” he said.
The prime minister urged family islanders to take advantage of the initiative.
“Any educator, with preschool knowledge and qualified, who wants to open their preschool in the family island to ensure their pre-schoolers are given the same benefit as New Providence; the government will provide free of charge, the land for that particular school.
“The government will also remove all forms of duty and provide all the concessions to ensure that that school is built,” the Prime Minister said.
Education Minister, Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd noted that investing in pre-school education is pivotal to the future success of the country.
“There are now five-thousand (5,000) three and four-year-olds enrolled in government-supported institutional advancement and instructions. I am very proud.
Were it not for Dorian and this pandemic we would have been even further along in providing these most necessary interventions in the lives of these three and four-year-olds,” Lloyd said.
Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis noted that the move is a part of the effort by the government to achieve universal preschool education in the country.