CDB Funds Play Park for Differently Abled in Kingston, Jamaica

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An average of 50 students per year will benefit from a new play area and sporting facilities developed at the Genesis Academy on South Camp Road, Kingston, Jamaica through funding from the Caribbean Development Bank's (CDB) Basic Needs Trust Fund. The Academy is a skills-training centre catering to students' ages 12 to 25 with learning and physical challenges. The project, executed by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) resulted in the creation of a landscaped play park, as well as a multipurpose hard court to support several sport activities including boccie, floor hockey, basketball and netball. Play and sports are integral components of the programme of learning and development at the institution, which serves students with a range of disabilities. Donna Lowe, Principal at Genesis Academy said, "For many of the students, it will be the first opportunity to go on a jungle gym or a swing. It has been proven as well that recreation is an important part of children's development. It is doing things in a more structured and organised way, rather than just sending them out to play." Students are placed at the Academy by the Ministry of Education, and are drawn from various communities. CAPTION: Students of Genesis Academy enjoying their new play area constructed by JSIF with funding from CDB. Adapted from and Image Source:

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