Ministry launches Literacy Week with a read-a-thon | THE DAILY HERALD

Minister Smith surrounded by Ministry of Education staff and John A Gumbs Campus teachers and pupils.

BETTY’S ESTATE–The Ministry of Education Culture Youth and Sports (ECYS) through its programme “Education on the Move” launched a read-a-thon to celebrate Literacy Week on Thursday.

The first readers were Acting Prime Minister and ECYS Minister Wycliffe Smith and former Finance Commissioner Xavier Blackman. Their audiences were pupils in the Community Afterschool Programme of the Methodist Agogic Centre John A. Gumbs campus.

Smith revisited his days as an elementary school teacher and brought his own collection of books to share with the children. After an introduction to the many different types of books, including his own published works, he read the Bible story of Samuel, the child prophet, from his favourite book called “The Book.”

Following this, Smith read some Dr. Zeus stories, much to the children’s delight. He also shared books about St. Maarten, local cultural icons and local heritage. With his closing story from Dr. Zeus, Smith encouraged the pupils to keep their eyes open so they can read and learn.

The children also had their lesson to share with Minister Smith by demonstrating to him how to read a book from the smart board.

The Literacy Week read-a-thon will continue with other after-school programmes and many other volunteer readers through to September 14. The Minister of Education encourages all schools, corporations and government agencies to promote reading daily.

Source: The Daily Herald