The Rotary Club of Rarotonga members donated hundreds of the Usborne Illustrated English Dictionary to the Ministry of Education for the Year 9 and 10 students of the Cook Islands. 21060909.
Each Year 9 and 10 student – close to 600 – in the schools around the Cook Islands, will receive a colourful Usborne Illustrated English Dictionary to keep, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Rarotonga.
The Rotary Club of Rarotonga has done the extra touch
of having the name of the students printed in each dictionary it has donated to
the Education ministry.
In thanking Rotary for the kind donation, Ministry of
Education’s primary literacy adviser Liz Lawson said: “This is wonderful,
Rotary does a great job every year.”
“It’s a lovely colourful illustrated book and the
children get to keep the books.”
Lawson says the books will greatly help students build
their vocabulary, literacy, knowledge of words and meanings of words, adding
with pictures, it’s much easier to identify what things are. It also helps
pronounce “what kind of word class it is”.
Each year for the past 12 years, Rotary has gifted to
every Year 9 student in the Cook Islands their personal copy of the Usborne
Illustrated English Dictionary.
Rotary director Jaewynn McKay said: “As we were not in
a position to hand over the dictionaries last year due to the pandemic, this
year both Year 9 and Year 10 (last year’s Year 9s) – close to 600 students – are
being given the dictionaries.”
The Rotary Dictionary Project started in 2008 as a
joint venture between the Bill and Lorna Boyd Trust and the Rotary Club of
Pakuranga. It has spread throughout New Zealand and the Pacific with the
majority of clubs participating.
The student’s treasure is receiving their own copy of
the dictionary and an added literacy benefit is that the whole family gains, as
the dictionaries are taken home, said McKay.
Literacy is an important aspect of education and Rotary
has a commitment to helping literacy worldwide, added Rotarian Stephen Lyon.
It’s an international project which Rotary Club Rarotonga delivers to the Cook
Islands, Lyon said.
The dictionary contains over 10,000 entries and over a
thousand full-colour illustration.