Kindergarten to Grade 3 students across St. Vincent and the Grenadines and five other Eastern Caribbean States will soon benefit from a new innovative Program aimed at vastly improving their reading ability thanks to the OECS Commission/USAID funded Early Learners Program (ELP) launched on the weekend in Grenada.

The other beneficiary Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states in which the ELP is being implemented are Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada; St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Lucia.

Teachers will also benefit from the Program aimed at improving professional development opportunities to enhance the quality of teaching through learner-centered approaches to instruction, learning and assessment.

The initiative is also equipping schools with the educational resources needed to increase the number of students reading at or above their grade level.

OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules applauded the initiative which he said was not only upholding quality education as a fundamental human right but a critical investment in improving the future economic and social fabric of the OECS.

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