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Programme to boost interest in reading

Wednesday May 11, 2016 Written by Published in Education
Students of St Joseph School were excited to meet BCI’s Kuki Bird yesterday. 16051017 Students of St Joseph School were excited to meet BCI’s Kuki Bird yesterday. 16051017

STUDENTS of St Joseph School were yesterday reminded on the importance of reading books and literature, and their contribution to a knowledge-based society.

 

 And CITC’s key brands manager and event coordinator George George who was the chief guest at the school’s Books in Homes Project, said students should read a lot of books and visit the library regularly.

He said when students did not learn to read, they would not be able to understand a wide variety of things in life.

“We want children to develop the love for reading at an early age,” George said.

“Our path to grow as responsible citizens requires us to have good understanding about all facets of life.

“But it would be difficult to have good understanding about all facets of life if you stick to only what is taught in the formal curriculum.”

The Books in Homes Project is a new programme introduced by the Education Ministry to increase interest in reading books.

Ministry of Education’s secondary literacy advisor Kim Geddes said the new programme would help improve the country’s education system.

“We hope parents/caregivers will get behind our campaign and model reading at home. They are the first teachers and with their children’s teachers together with support from the ministry, we will see marked improvement in school results.

“There is no easier way to improve literacy skills than by reading. So, overall when children read, comprehension, analytical skills and engagement will improve.”

She said this is the first time for the Education Ministry had organised a programme like this, adding the decision to introduce it had resulted from a survey carried out by the ministry last year.