The teaching of numeracy and literacy is to be advanced in a number of schools across the island, following a $40-million project sponsored by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).

With funds provided under the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), supported by a loan from the World Bank, the project seeks to improve educational outcomes and the physical environment of 17 targeted schools, covering over 3,500 students.

Numeracy and Literacy Specialist at the St. Ann-based Steer Town Primary and Infant School, Nelesia McLean, who was among 51 teachers who had their skills upgraded during a series of workshops, says the initiative empowered the teachers tofocus on the backgroundsof all students, and to help in the creation of “learning environments where all students feel valuedand have equal access to learn”.