Project Sprout is a program designed to improve early childhood education at selected basic schools where the children are performing below 50% school readiness, aiming to increase their readiness to 90%.
In collaboration with the Sandals Foundation, the AFJ implemented this program at the Moneague Teachers College Basic School, which serves 70 students and was originally opened by Ambassador Gary Cooper.
The program includes the hiring of an early childhood teacher and a social worker to focus on younger students at the school who are at risk of falling behind academically in order to prepare the students to enter first grade. Additionally, Project Sprout includes a 6 week training program for parents in the development process. With this grant, a special classroom was outfitted with computers, furniture, and educational materials that will host this program at the school.
The opening ceremony was held on November 24, 2015.