Bodden Town Primary School has become the second school on island to implement a literacy initiative called the Home Reading Programme, enabling students to take books home and engage in reading practices.
Deputy Principal Kimberly Litricio says the programme is geared towards developing a love for reading within students which she believes should improve literacy skills and an aptitude towards overall learning. The programme is sponsored by the Rotary Sunrise group, which purchased 1,600 books for the students in addition to other materials they will use as apart of reading development efforts.
Literacy coach for the Department of Education Services Jessica Jackson says students will pick books they find appealing while meeting requirements of each child’s independent reading level. She added starting to read books of topical interest may have long-term benefits on each student.
“This programme will help foster a life-long love of reading within our students that’s not only going to benefit them in primary school and high school but also throughout their whole entire life,” Jackson said.
Chief Officer of the Ministry of Education Christen Suckoo says getting children to read at the grassroots level goes a far way into preparing the youth for the future of employment.
“The more we can do in terms of strengthening the education system, the less problems we will have in terms of employment, particularly unemployment later on.”
The programme was established at East End Primary School and will be extended throughout all other primary schools in the near future.