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A total of $3 million worth of books will soon be presented to the libraries of primary and secondary schools in Portmore, St. Catherine.
These books are a donation from the Negril Education Environmental Trust (NEET), a non-profit organisation based in Negril. This is the second time books have been donated to schools in the municipality. A similar donation was made on May 5, this year, when some $5 million worth of books were presented to schools. The organization has also donated computers to some schools in the parish.
Icilda Noteman, Librarian of the Power of Faith Ministries, the organization responsible for distributing the books, received the books yesterday (November 28) at a ceremony held at the Children’s Church of the Power of Faith in the Portmore Mall, Portmore.
Special Adviser to the Minister of Education, Robert Miller, who represented Minister of Education, Andrew Holness, said the ministry was focused on increasing the literacy rate in Jamaica. He said the presentation of books was a testimony that the citizens of Portmore were in agreement with the focus.
Mr. Miller encouraged those gathered to play their part in ensuring that the students received the books. He called on private and public stakeholders to assist in improving the literacy rate by donating books to schools.
In making the presentation, Keith Hinds, a founding member of NEET, said education was the main focus in the organization.
“Make sure that these books get into the hands of children who need them. They are free of cost. We transported them here from Negril and they are for our children in Portmore and we want to really ensure that these children get a handle on learning to read,” he said.
He said the books are sourced from Libraries in the United States of America, and Canada and then shipped to Jamaica free of cost.
According to Mr. Hinds, the plan is to get young people engaged in educational activities. “Once we encourage our youngsters to read then they will be less inclined to go pick up a firearm,” he added.
The first set of schools to benefit from the book distribution are Independence City All Age, Bridgeport Primary, Bridgeport High, Ascot High, Ascot Primary, Ascot Basic, Greater Portmore High, and Greater Portmore Primary schools.

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