DONATION EMPOWERS MARIA HOLDER NURSERY SCHOOL

The students of the Maria Holder Nursery School are now better equipped to take their first steps towards literacy thanks to a resent donation of books by the Maria Holder Memorial Trust.

The generous gesture will allow the school to start a library to serve not only current students but future ones as well. The Maria Holder Memorial Trust along with the Barbados Government opened the School in September 2011.

Christopher Holder, the son of the late Maria Holder, explained that the school was built in his mother's memory as it was her wish to "assist within the educational sector especially at the important early stages of a child's schooling, since without education you have nothing."

Christopher Holder, the son of the late Maria Holder, explained that the school was built in his mother’s memory as it was her wish to “assist within the educational sector especially at the important early stages of a child’s schooling, since without education you have nothing.”

Holder added: “This donation of books covers all the foundational topics needed by the school and will provide a comprehensive start to their library, thus ensuring that the school has the tools needed to assist with the educational development of its students.”

The school, headed by Principal Shelley Boyce, currently has a roll of 116 ranging in age from three to five years and has the capacity to educate 120 children. The first graduation was held on July 9, 2012.

In 2011 when the Maria Holder Nursery School was officially opened, Education Officer (Nursery and Primary Schools) of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Gertrude Welch, said the school fits well with the Ministry's policy "to ensure that every child of pre-school age has access to quality early childhood education".

In 2011 when the Maria Holder Nursery School was officially opened, Education Officer (Nursery and Primary Schools) of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Gertrude Welch, said the school fits well with the Ministry’s policy “to ensure that every child of pre-school age has access to quality early childhood education“.

The Trust has also embraced this need for every child to have access to Nursery Education through their pledge to construct six more Nursery Schools around the island. This project will start in earnest in 2014 with schools at Gall Hill in Christ Church and Oldbury in St Phillip.

Other schools will follow in Government Hill, Holders Hill, Sayes Court and St Albans. Altogether this project will provide an extra 630 placements for children aged 3 to 5 years old.

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