“The Development Bank is cognisant of the fact that the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has a most elaborate and visionary early childhood education programme,” commented Ms Danienne Brin, the Bank’s Executive Assistant. “We are assured that the television set McKnight Day Care Centre requested will be put to proper use.”
Ms Brin was speaking at the school on Thursday October 18 as she presented a 32 inch Samsung flat screen television set to the Supervisor Ms Yasmain Powell, in the company of teachers and excited children who could not hide their joy at the sight of the new set still in its packaging.
“Presently we have 103 children at the school and the television set donated by the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis this morning will be a great help to us,” said Ms Powell. “We use the television set for learning aids for the children, but our last television set fell and it broke.”
According to Ms Powell, the children who range from four months to five years in age watch learning DVDs, Leap Frog DVDs, stories, fairy tales and other related material used for learning abilities. If they are learning about trains or trucks, the teachers bring in a DVD of trains and trucks for them to watch.
The Supervisor said that teaching patriotism to the children is one area where the television set comes in handy. They video tape activities at independence parade celebrations and they let the children, who probably didn’t get a chance to see the parade, to see the parade.
“We have been working hand in hand with the Development Bank now for over five years,” said Ms Powel. “We have been open for a little over ten years now and we are very thankful for the Development Bank for their donation towards the school today.”
She also pointed out to the fact that the new television set is quite light as opposed to the last one they had and that way the teachers will easily move it to different classes.
“The TV will serve all the classes,” said the Supervisor. “We have Nursery I, Nursery II, and the preschool section. The DVDs or learning aids that we watch will be for the different age groups.”