After four decades of little or not growth, the Jamaican economy is expected to grow at 1-2% over the medium term. The country is confronted by serious social issues that predominantly affect youth, such as high levels of crime and violence and high unemployment.
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WASHINGTON, February 12, 2014 – More than 300,000 children in Jamaica will benefit from expanded and improved early childhood development (ECD) programs, as a result of US$12 million in additional funding... Show More + approved by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors.Additional funds will contribute to improve parenting, care and school readiness for children from zero to six; as well as screening, diagnosis and early stimulation for children at risk.“Early childhood development is a critical pillar for nation building,” says Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughan, Executive chair of Jamaica’s Early Childhood Commission. “This additional financing will ensure even greater advancement in early childhood development for the benefit of Jamaica's children and the nation as a whole,” she added. There is growing scientific evidence that what happens – or doesn’t happen – to a child in the first 1,000 days of life has immediate effects on his or her well-being and future.Jamaica’s comprehensiv Show Less -