The Achievement Learning Centre Faces Eviction

first_imgEducationLifestyleLocalNews The Achievement Learning Centre Faces Eviction by: – April 29, 2020 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Nine years ago, the Achievement Learning Centre opened to deliver education to children with special needs and it has been breaking barriers and opening doors for its students since then.Today, it faces a barrier of its own. Without support, the educational institution will be evicted for non-payment of rent.The Covid19 outbreak which has been financially squeezing governments, businesses and individuals has brought the Achievement Learning Centre to this tipping point.Director, Beverly Leblanc revealed to the press, “Unfortunately for us we ran into very serious financial difficulties. Most of our parents are unable to pay the school fee and so we were getting assistance after Hurricane Maria…which helped us to cover our rent and subsidise some of our teachers.”This support, however, ran out before the second term which began in January 2020 and the school has been unable to pay its rent since then.“Covid has plummeted us into a much deeper hole and we were asked to give up the place by May 31,” she shared.Leblanc appreciates the financial support which the institution has received in the past from government, individuals and NGOs.She hopes to access this kindness again and perhaps this time, the centre can not only keep their current home but build a permanent one to continue delivering education to children with special needs.The school started in 2011 with two boys and today has 22 students.Two have found employment after graduation and others have moved on to sit regional exams, CXC and CCSLC.“We have seen the children grow. Some from having no speech to now having basic conversations.”Leblanc quoted UNICEF and the World Health Organization as saying that children and youth with disabilities would be further marginalized during this pandemic.She says however that the dedicated and committed staff at the Achievement Learning Centre will not allow their students to miss out on any opportunity for learning and are engaging their students through online platforms such as Google Classroom, The Digicel Learning Hub and Zoom.Leblanc asserts, “Our goal has always been to build inclusive communities. Some people may wonder why invest in a child with Down syndrome or Autism but the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities outline the rights of children- all children- to education.”The centre can be reached via their Facebook page or at this email address: [email protected] Share 977 Views   no discussionslast_img read more