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Students and parents are urged to recognise the other benefits of reading when the Territory observes the 24th Annual Reading is Fun Week from October 11 to 18.
Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Walwyn said in addition to reading for fun, reading builds stronger analytical skills, improves focus and concentration, reduces stress and improves writing skills.
The Minister said that the recognition of ‘Reading is Fun Week’ addresses one of the ministry’s priority areas, of creating 21st century students through literacy. He stated that he was happy to see the progress being made towards this goal and expressed confidence that more and more students are embracing reading.
Honourable Walwyn added, “The ministry continues its work with educators to ensure they are trained and given the resources they need to set the foundation for reading and writing. While teachers play an integral part, we are also encouraging parents and guardians to take time out to read to their children on a regular basis, to help create that love for reading.”
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture, Dr. Marcia Potter stated that she is anxious to hear about the various activities to be hosted at the Territory’s educational institutions. “Every year the students who display their love for reading, in turn encourage others to embrace reading and all its possibilities,” she said.
Dr. Potter is also encouraging parents and guardians to take the opportunity to visit their children’s schools to support the week of activities.
Activities including storytelling, drama, library visits and creative activities are scheduled at most of the Territory’s public and private schools during the week.
A special event is planned by the Elmore Stoutt High School, to honour four local authors including Dr. Charles Wheatley, Dr. Quincy Lettsome, Dr. Patricia Turnbull and Mr. Vernon Pickering. The ceremony will be held on Monday, October 12, at 8:40 a.m.
Parents are reminded that all public primary schools will be closed on Wednesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 15 for ‘Professional Development Days’ and all schools will be closed on Friday, October 16 for Mid-Term Break.
‘Reading is Fun Week’ will be held under the theme, ‘Reading: It does make a difference!’ The initiative is in line with the Ministry of Education and Culture’s commitment to prepare students for academic challenges by placing greater emphasis on reading in all the Territory’s public schools.
The week was first held in the Territory in October 1992, under the theme, ‘Share the Joy in Reading’.