The Simon Bolivar Preschool was the recipient of a donation of much needed school supplies, equipment and a new identification sign presented by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
During a brief ceremony at the school’s compound, Venezuela’s Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda, Carmen Velasquez said early childhood education is a priority.
She noted that children’s brain development at this stage of life is critical and added that it is also the phase at which they are most receptive to influences from their environment.
She continued that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela shares a connection with the Simón Bolívar Preschool and offered the commitment that the institution will be an example of public education in Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean.
Also on hand at the ceremony were Minister of Education, Darryl Matthew, Director of Early Childhood Education, Embler Spencer, and the supervisor of Simón Bolívar, Oniecia Browne.
Minister Matthew noted that any investment in children translates to an investment in the country’s future and he expressed his gratitude to the ambassador and the government of Venezuela for their timely donation.