Chief Education Officer (AG) Elizabeth Walker – says reading is critical for the development of children.

Walker noted that the programme is tailored with the goal of improving the reading achievement level of all learners at the early primary level.

While speaking at a rally in Heritage Square on Friday February 8th following the Early Learners Programme (ELP) Literacy Road Show, Walker, indicated that the first seven years of a child’s life is crucial; since they learn at a much faster pace than any other time in their lives,” hence the focus on reading now.

Several children from Grades K – 3 along with their teachers and parents gathered at Heritage Square for the March and rally on Friday, 8th February for the Early Learners Programme (ELP) Literacy Road Show.

The march, which saw various students outfitted in costumes depicting their favorite characters from popular story books; sought to emphasize the Ministry of Education’s thrust in highlighting the importance of reading and their collaborative efforts with five other regional counter parts supported by the OECS and USAID.

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