A holistic approach is needed to address the issues of early childhood development – Francis Joseph
Despite the strides taken through the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI) which is transitioning the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDDC), Mr. Francis Joseph National Director of Child Fund Caribbean for Dominica and St. Vincent believes that a more holistic approach needs to be taken to address the issues of early childhood education in Dominica.
With approximately five percent of the rural Dominica being illiterate, Joseph spoke of the integral role that the Roving Caregivers Programme plays in addressing the needs, while noting the need to extend governmental resources to combat the cycle of illiteracy.
Upon his return to the island from the Annual RCP Coordinators Meeting at the Savannah Hotel in Barbados, he said that Dominica’s social services are limited in terms of resources and the manner in which they are allocated.
He says as a result, there is no early detection or intervention.
Mr. Joseph is therefore urging corporate citizens to work alongside the FCCC and Child Fund Caribbean in addressing the matter.