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'A house without a library has no soul'

ECC reminds parents to cultivate children's reading, writing abilities

Sunday, June 03, 2018

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The Early Childhood Commission used the occasion of the basic school book donation ceremony in Kingston on Tuesday to remind parents to do all they can to sculpt their children's reading and writing proficiencies.

The push came from Norda Seymour-Hall, director for sector support at the commission.

“It is said that in every house there should be a library, because a house without a library has no soul. It means that knowledge must be available to all, wherever you live and whoever you are. That is why it is important for us to ensure that our children are literate and they're exposed to literacy,” she said.

In reference to a story of “Johnny”, Seymour-Hall reminded parents that the environment plays a critical role in a child's reading ability, and as such they must be exposed to educational books and television shows at home.

She pointed out that the family should display a positive attitude towards literacy, and said parents should allow children to see them reading. In addition to this, she advised that children should tag along to the bookstore and the library and be allowed to choose their own books.

The basic schools donation ceremony was held at Kingston and St Andrew Parish Library. It the among the highlights of the 'Make Every Child a Reader' early childhood literacy campaign in which Carlong Publishers (Caribbean) handed over textbooks to basic schools in educational regions one, two and six. A second handing over was done for regions three, four and five in Montego Bay at Grandiosa Hotel on Thursday.

The publishing house donated $1 million worth of textbooks to 50 basic schools, with each school receiving 50 books.

CEO of Carlong Publishers, Lorna Allen said the books will “provide critical support to teachers in their delivery of the curriculum, and are valuable learning aids for students in their path to attaining literacy.

“As a local publisher, Carlong's textbooks are grounded in the Jamaican environment and focus on our children's experiences, interests and needs — which is vital if learning is to be effective,” she said.

This is the 17th year that the publishing company has donated books in its bid to provide the “tools needed to make every child a reader”.

— Falon Folkes

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