I-PLEDGE

I-PLEDGE stands for ‘I Promise to Lend Encouragement to Develop Growth in Education’. The programme was established by GraceKennedy Money Services through its affiliation with Western Union. It was designed to support community development with an emphasis on Primary Education.

I PLEDGE has grown since its launch. Today it includes The Western Union National Reading Week, The Western Union Debate Competition and the Computerization Programme. The programme is also executed in various forms not just in Jamaica, but also in the USA, Canada, UK, Guyana, Trinidad and parts of the Eastern Caribbean.

Here are the highlights of each initiative:

WESTERN UNION NATIONAL READING WEEK
Senior executives and staff from GraceKennedy, GraceKennedy agents, private individuals, celebrities and media personalities visit select schools in April each year to read to students and donate books to their school libraries. In addition to various primary schools, schools that cater to children with special needs are also included in the programme.

WESTERN UNION PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS’ WORKSHOP
The newest element under the I-PLEDGE programme is the Western Union Primary School Teachers’ Workshop. Special workshops are hosted each year to assist primary school teachers with topical matters such as improving techniques for the teaching of reading at the primary level and identifying and teaching children with special needs and the actions teachers could take to help.

WESTERN UNION SCHOOLS DEBATE
The competition was introduced to give children the opportunity to express themselves through discussion.

COMPUTERIZATION PROGRAMME
To enhance learning in Primary Education, Western Union has partnered with various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to establish computer labs in primary schools. To date, over 45 schools have been computerized across the island.

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