Rev. Henry Ward

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Biography - An Account of his life (1879-1981)

Reverend Henry Ward was born in Golden Grove, St. Ann. He received his early education at Clapham Elementary School, and then moved on to St. George’s Elementary in guys Hill. There he passed the Pupil Teachers’ Examination with distinction and gained an exhibitioner’s scholarship to the Micro Teachers’ College. He distinguished himself at Mico, and his personal conduct was exemplary throughout his college career. In 1900, he graduated from Mico as an honor student. He first taught at Ebenezer School in Manchester. There he demanded and achieved excellence.

In 1910, at the age of 31, Rev. Ward was elected president of the then Jamaica Union of Teachers. One year later, he answered the
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He was four times moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Jamaica and became the first Moderator of the United Church in Jamaica and Grand Cayman – a coming together of the Presbyterians, Congregationalisists and Disciples of Christ. His community involvement began when he started to work as a pupil teacher at St. George’s Elementary. He organized youth movements and formed the league of honor for social purity among young men. This focused on their spiritual, social and moral upliftment. Although intellectual stimulus was highlighted, the physical and social development of the children was not neglected. Consistent with his conviction about the development of the “whole man”, Rev. Ward continued his relentless struggle for the advancement of education. His first task at Islington was to volunteer to become Principal of the Water Valley School which was slated for closure by the Government as the school’s performance was dismal. Rev. Ward, with a dedicated staff, turned things around and the school became one of the best in the island.

The Early Childhood Project

S tarted: The first community-organized school for children under 6 was established in Islington, in the parish of St. Mary in 1938. Reverend Henry Ward felt that there

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