Day Cares the Focus of Gahcho Kué Literacy Program
09 Sep 2021
Gahcho Kué Mine, operated by De Beers Group, is investing $25,000 into a literacy support program aimed at day care facilities in three Northwest Territories (NWT) communities.
The program involves providing literacy kits to day care facilities in Fort Resolution and Hay River during the first phase of the program. The kits include books for children attending the day cares, numeracy kits and resources to support educators in the facilities support literacy development.
Kelly Brenton, De Beers’ Social Performance Manager in the NWT, said: “This is part of a much larger project to address early childhood development and promote providing educators in the day cares with the tools to support literacy development. We want to create a culture of learning at an early age.”
In addition to literacy resources, the program includes a read-a-thon. The day care that records the most minutes of reading will receive additional books and resources.
Early childhood development is one of the key projects for the Gahcho Kué Building Forever sustainability strategy. Building Forever is an ambitious strategy launched by De Beers Group in November 2020, a blueprint for creating positive, lasting impact in the communities where we work through the year 2030. At Gahcho Kué, Building Forever projects also include scholarships and training opportunities, an investment in housing for people with disabilities in Yellowknife, carbon neutrality at Gahcho Kué, and caribou conservation.
In the NWT, De Beers has championed literacy development for nearly two decades. Books in Homes was launched in 2003 and through 2020, more than 60,000 books have been distributed free of charge to youth attending schools in primarily Indigenous communities close to Gahcho Kué. The 2020 program saw a record 10,760 books distributed to youth in 17 schools. Books in Homes 2021 is expected to take place later this year.
Gahcho Kué Mine is a joint venture between De Beers Group (51% – the operator) and Mountain Province Diamonds (49%).