Education in North America has benefitted from great wealth and advancement in technology, while significant gains have also been made in education worldwide. Despite these facts many communities in the existing systems continue to face severe short-comings in education for children with special needs, low income families and those in rural areas.
P.H.A.S.E. 1’s mission is to support the education of these vulnerable children. Our efforts have reached inner-city and Native communities in Canada and the United States and our global efforts have been concentrated on improving the quality of primary school education in Jamaica.
P.H.A.S.E. 1 partners with experienced organizations to provide our essential support for vulnerable youth. Together we are committed to using our various strengths to meet their academic, physical and emotional needs. Our staff and partners are leaders in educational consulting, curriculum development and support for children with autism. We provide educational tools, staff training and funds to help lay a foundation for children and educators in vulnerable areas to compete with the world.
To improve access and quality of education for vulnerable youth
North America & Caribbean
Calabar Basic School
In 1998 there was no basic school for the community of Calabar in Trelawny, Jamaica and many children ages 3-6 years in the neighbourhood were not going to school. Sadly, because parents could not afford to send their child by taxi to the closest basic school in a neighboring town. The additional cost of travel was also forcing single mothers to leave their jobs and stay home to care for their children. Originally to combat the problem Wayne Dawkins and Merlene Campbell-McCleish founded Calabar Daycare then shortly after, converted their daycare into a basic school. 22 years later with support from P.H.A.S.E. 1 Youth Association’s many fundraising efforts over 1,000 students have been served and Calabar Basic School remains a cornerstone in the community.
In an effort to support literacy in overall, we purchase a variety of books, especially those written by P.H.A.S.E. 1 Alumni and distribute them to youth and communities that lack resources. We also support the writing and telling of inspirational stories of our alumni through our dedicated blog site.
We support schools with educational resources, classroom structures and behaviour management strategies specific to the needs of children on the autism spectrum. Our certified staff has been trained by sociologists, educators, behavioural therapists, occupational therapists and psychologists. At P.H.A.S.E. 1 we focus on individuals with autism abilities not their disabilities.