Preparations are in full gear for the hosting of the National Literacy Festival, and the Ministry of Education, Sports and Creative Industries, which is hosting the event, is encouraging full participation in the festival.
The Ministry says the festival will be school-based, which will allow for all schools to place emphasis on the theme, “Literacy: Enriching lives and preserving our culture.”
Desryn Collins, the education officer for Language Arts, says the purpose of the Festival – which forms part of the Ministry’s Education Month activities – is to emphasize that literacy development is critical to students’ overall well-being.
It is no secret that many students are struggling with literacy, Collins says. However, she adds that a greater number has excellent literacy skills; therefore, this festival is also an opportunity to celebrate their development of students at both the primary and secondary levels of education.
Collins says the general public, particularly parents, should support their community schools on the day of the Festival, which is slated for March 2. Additionally, all citizens are invited to take the time out to read for at least a half hour.
Secondary schools will conduct their main activities during the hours of 9 a.m. to noon, while the activities at primary schools will take place from 1 to 3 p.m.