Kate Middleton and Prince William made a stop on their tour of Jamaica to talk about early childhood education — something the mom-of-three is very passionate about.
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Kate, who wore a white suit and orange top, and William went to the college, as it was the first to offer training in early childhood education.
"It is so wonderful to hear your ideas and enthusiasm for teaching and the hopes you have to influence the lives of young people," the brunette beauty said. "Shortwood is obviously a very special place, with a proud history. Because, as you know, it has been supporting teachers and therefore the children of Jamaica for over one hundred years."
"The foresight Shortwood had to establish this Early Childhood Education programme was recognition that the early years is fundamental to a child’s journey through life," a note read via Instagram. "Decades of science and research have shown us, that our earliest experiences establish the fundamental foundations that shape and connect our future lives. It is when we learn how to form relationships, how to connect to one another, how to manage our feelings and emotions."
The message continued, "It is when we learn to develop a sense of identity, belonging and worthiness. And it is when we shape our values and understanding of the world we live in. By realising the extraordinary impact of early childhood and by learning more about how children grow, think and behave, I truly believe we are on the cusp of one of the biggest opportunities for positive change in generations. And when I see the passion, commitment, and enthusiasm on display here at Shortwood, I feel optimistic about what we can all achieve together."
Kate couldn't help but gush over everyone's hard work.
"It is when we learn how to form relationships, how to connect to one another, how to manage our feelings and emotions. It is when we learn to develop a sense of identity, belonging and worthiness. And it is when we shape our values and understanding of the world we live in," she said of why early development is so critical.
"That is why I am so passionate about early childhood. Because we are doing something much more than building healthy children. We are nurturing the children and the adults that they will become, the families they will build and the communities they will be part of," she added.