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Black History: The Genesis of Early Childhood Education in Jamaica

A Special Feature - dedicated to my mom Mrs Gloria McKay and Mrs Roslyn Barrett. " All people have a history worthy of respect and the greatest people throughout the world are those who contribute to the culture and achievement of all mankind " ~ Nelson Mandela 1991 UWI Jamaica~ Some of the founding members of the Early Childhood Education Committee in Jamaica are  74 year old widow, Gloria McKay former Principal, Marverly Mountain Basic school, along with her first Vice President, 81 years old Roslyn Barrett, Justice of the Peace and Principal at Trinitarian Basic, a school she founded and still operates.  Both Mrs McKay and Mrs Barrett met for the first time in 15 years and shared their history with this writer.  Both recalled the first General Meeting of the Early Childhood Committee that was held at the National Stadium in Kingston.  Their aim was to bring together all Basic School Teachers across the island to whom were grouped in 'zones' or 'cluste