PM Encourages Parents, Particularly Fathers, To Read with Children

first_imgPM Encourages Parents, Particularly Fathers, To Read with Children EducationDecember 19, 2011 RelatedPM Encourages Parents, Particularly Fathers, To Read with Children RelatedPM Encourages Parents, Particularly Fathers, To Read with Children Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging more parents, particularly fathers, to develop the habit of reading aloud with their children. He said that this simple practice will not only help to solidify the “bond of love” between child and parent, but will also prepare the child’s mind for the school system. “It prepares the mind of the child to be taught, so when your child goes to school, your child has an advantage,” the Education Minister told parents during a handing over ceremony of Bookstart Jamaica ‘book packs’, at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Paediatric Clinic, on Monday, December 19. Bookstart Jamaica is part of the Ministry of Education’s new family literacy initiative, which aims to create a nation of readers and encourage an early start to family literacy activities. Each Bookstart Jamaica ‘book pack’ has a locally developed board book suitable for infants, and information about the Jamaica Library Service, its locations and family programmes, including ‘We Likkle but We Tallawah’ – parents reading with infants and toddlers Bookstart Jamaica companion programme. Mr. Holness noted that the programme was established as part of the Ministry’s National Literacy Strategy, as it was found that many Jamaican children were entering the school system unprepared. “This places us at a disadvantage, because teachers now have to do the work that parents should have done as a natural part of their parenting responsibility. When we examined what was happening in the households, we realised that many parents did not understand the importance of early reading with their children,” the Prime Minister said. He informed that the objective of Bookstart  is to provide parents with books at the earliest stage, “so that when the programme is fully implemented, every Jamaican child born in a hospital in Jamaica will be presented with a package.”                                                                                                   “We don’t only want you to read (to) your children, we want you to read aloud and we want you to have your children read aloud as well,” Mr. Holness urged. “If we can get all our parents, especially fathers, reading with their children, it will start the receptivity to education,” he added. Senior Adviser to the Minister of Education, Dr. Rebecca Tortello, said some 14,000 book packages will be distributed to parents islandwide as part of a pilot project, before the programme is rolled out in full force. This, she said, will be done in partnership with the Ministry of Health. “We will be conducting a cohort study, which will be conducted with parents around the island and we will gather data from that study, which will tell us about parents’ reading habits, how they read with their children, how they read before they had children, and what difference it made when they received the pack. The remainder of the packs will go out through the Ministry of Health into clinics and birthing hospitals in the South-east region, to see how it works before we roll this programme out nationally next year,” Mrs. Tortello said. Director of Family Health Services, Ministry of Health, Dr. Karen Lewis-Bell, pointed out that the Bookstart programme is a continuation of a long and fruitful collaboration between the Ministries of Health and Education. She informed that the Health Ministry first facilitated the pilot of the project in two health centres across the island, namely the Morant Bay and Maxfield Park Health centres, where it was recognised that parents were excited about receiving the books and encouraged to read more to their children. “Our health care workers also liked the idea, because it gave them another tool to discuss with parents the importance of their child’s growth and development. We are therefore very pleased that this Bookstart programme will continue in 2012 through our health facilities,” Dr. Lewis-Bell said. By Athaliah Reynolds, JIS Reporter RelatedPM Encourages Parents, Particularly Fathers, To Read with Childrenlast_img read more

Iraqi Air Force Performs First Medevac Mission

first_img“We’re used to working on Air Force or Army helicopters,” Sergeant Stroude said. “Their [the Iraqis’] set-up is a little bit different and getting the patients on and off the aircraft is a little bit different. We’re getting tips from them as well as sharing information we have from the hospital as far as on-loading and off-loading patients.” Before flying the medevac mission, the crew, flying an Iraqi air force Huey II helicopter, trained with Airmen from the AFTH’s Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility and Soldiers from the 86th CSH on how to on and off load patients. May 14 marked another significant event when the Iraqi air force flew its first medical evacuation mission. The patient who was moved during the medevac mission was Ali Hamad, a 27-year-old married farmer from Baghdad, who had suffered severe injuries to his face and eyes from an improvised explosive device detonation and had undergone several surgeries at the AFTH. Additionally the Iraqis will be able to transport patients quickly to facilities that are closer to where they were injured, Sergeant Stroude said. Mr. Hamad said, via a translator, this was his fourth visit to the AFTH for treatment and he would require at least one more surgery. His latest surgery was to insert a fat pad, grafted from his side, in his eye socket to lift the eyeball up as the first step for prepare for the emplacement of a prosthetic eye. “This is the first [medevac] mission in the history of the Iraqi air force,” said Lt. Amar, an Iraqi flight medic instructor. “I hope to succeed in this mission to serve my country. This is good training.” Currently, U.S. servicemembers transport all the Iraqi patients via U.S. aircraft arriving and departing from the hospital, said Staff Sgt. Jason Stroude, a 332nd Expeditionary Medical Support Squadron helicopter pad boss deployed from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, but changes are ahead. “This is big for me,” Sergeant Reid said. “I’m not flying combat missions, so this is the next best thing — to have an impact on the medical health services of Iraq. It’s just one facet of them becoming self-sufficient as country.” BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq — Since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom the people of Iraq have celebrated many firsts on their way to re-establishing and maintaining their government and military forces. The U.S. Airmen and Soldiers take pride in the accomplishments of their coalition brethren. [email protected]:// “We have two graduates now implemented in the medevac system and this is an exercise in the process of patient movement,” said Army Sgt. 1st Class James Reid, a flight medic by trade, assigned to Coalition Air Forces Transition Team-Air Force Training School as an instructor/coordinator. “They’ll move the patients from here to Ibn Sina [an Iraqi hospital in the Green Zone, primarily manned by rotating U.S. Army combat support hospital units] and in the future they’ll move patients from here to Medical City [Iraqi civilian hospitals] in Baghdad.” The patient loading training before the medevac mission also served as a lesson to help Airmen assigned to the CASF in helping their Iraqi counterparts be successful in their future missions. “The Air Force medics are mediators to move the patient for the ambulance crew,” Sergeant Reid said. “We want make sure they’re confident and oriented to move around the aircraft because it’s not like a Blackhawk [the aircraft flown by U.S. Army medics.]” “I think it’s fantastic,” Sergeant Stroude said. “The more they’re able to do on their own to take care of their own people and take them from wherever they are to the nearest hospital as fast as possible, it’s ultimately going to save the patient’s life.” As a member of the Awakening group, a group of Iraqi citizens who help the Iraqi army and police patrol the neighborhoods, Mr. Hamad is happy and proud to see the progress the Iraqi air force is making toward becoming self-sufficient in their medevac missions. “Eventually [the Iraqis will] be able to move their patients anywhere in the theater since there are more Iraqi hospitals than [U.S. military] hospitals,” Sergeant Stroude said. The mission to move Mr. Hamad back to Baghdad allowed the Iraqi medics and crew to practice their skills with patients. The crew consisted of an Iraqi pilot, flight medic and aerial gunner, each with a U.S. military counterpart. The crew transported their first patient, an Iraqi man, from the Air Force Theater Hospital at Balad Air Base to the U.S. Army’s 86th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad. “It’s natural to feel happy that my country is taking over the job now,” Mr. Hamad said. “I feel happy because they [Iraqis] will be able to understand me when I talk to them and I can talk to them directly without a translator. I am very happy to be the first to fly on an Iraqi [medevac] helicopter.’” Once Mr. Hamad returns home, he said he will be able to do light farming duties.last_img read more

Hirano beats Ai-chan in final

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Three-time national champion Sayaka Hirano rallied to beat popular teenager Ai Fukuhara in full sets in the women’s singles final of the Japan Top 12 table tennis tournament on Saturday. Hirano won 11-7, 9-11, 9-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10 at Komazawa gymnasium for her first Top 12 title in three years.She also defeated 13-year-old sensation Kasumi Ishikawa four sets to two in the semifinals. In the men’s singles final, Kaii Yoshida outclassed Michikazu Tsuboguchi 11-9, 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 to win the title for the third straight year.last_img read more