Educating the Inner City

The approach to education in the Caribbean has often time been “one size fits all”. There has been growing awareness however of the importance of understanding individual styles of learning and incorporating this knowledge into the education process. A recent visit to the Ideal Enhancement Centre on Shortwood Road, Kingston 8 proved a refreshing experience. The Centre was started in 2008 by Principal Cynthia Grenyion as part of a Masters Research project and serves the Grants Pen, Shortwood and HalfWay Tree area. From my brief visit there, I can say that the Centre places the individual at the centre of the learning process and champions the importance of the home – school partnership. The walls are covered with creative charts and posters designed to engage and capture the imagination.There’s an exciting menu of events planned for the next few months so feel free to call for more information.

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