LIME Foundation turns another page in development of literacy skills

LIME Foundation turns another page in development of literacy skills

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

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LIME Foundation yesterday launched an initiative to encourage more children to read newspapers as another way to improve their literacy skills.


The foundation teamed up with the Jamaica Observer on Read Across Jamaica Day to deliver a month-long subscription of newspapers to students in remedial English classes at Polly Ground Primary School in Ewarton, St Catherine and August Town Primary in East St Andrew.


"The foundation of learning begins with the ability to read. This year, we want to ensure that we broaden the options for language learning by using newspapers to help students understand various styles of writing and expression. The newspaper is also a very good tool to get these mainly pre-GSAT students to understand more about what's happening in their social world," said LIME Foundation Executive Chairman Errol Miller.


Students were clearly elated at the experience to read the latest print edition with every turn of the Observer pages. Most took interest in happenings on the local and international sports scenes, including learning about futsal -- a variation of football made popular in Jamaica by the ongoing LIME National Street Futsal Competition.


The foundation also presented the primary schools with three laptops each along with speakers to assist the speech component of remedial English lessons.


Educational charts and reading materials were also presented to the schools. Internet speeds at both institutions were upgraded and the technology further enhanced to cater to WiFi-enabled devices. August Town Primary also received a library management software solution that will enable administrators to electronically track books entering and leaving the school library.


During activities to commemorate the day, LIME Foundation volunteers read to students from the day's edition of the Observer newspaper while Miller acted as quizmaster at Polly Ground Primary's annual reading competition among Grade 6 students.


Polly Ground Primary Principal Colin Blake expressed his gratitude to the foundation and its team of volunteers. "We appreciate the fact that LIME Foundation chose Polly Ground Primary and are very grateful for the computers, reading materials and faster Internet speed that all come at the right time to upgrade our computer resource room and to assist what we are trying to do to improve literacy and numeracy skills, especially among the slower learners," Blake said.


With this fresh approach to encouraging greater levels of literacy, the LIME Foundation -- which is also a major sponsor of the Jamaica Library Service annual National Reading Competition -- continues to lay the groundwork for young Jamaicans to unleash their full potential through innovation and strategic partnerships.


Read Across Jamaica Day forms part of Education Week activities planned by the Jamaica Teachers' Association. This year's theme is 'Consolidating the Gains: Collaborating for Growth and Sustainability'.



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