JIS News

The Ministry of Education’s Region Three, will be staging a series of Literacy Road Shows, to heighten persons’ awareness on the importance of literacy in their daily lives.
Literacy Co-ordinator for the Region, Hyacinth Fisher, told JIS News, that the first in the series of road shows would be held in Ocho Rios, in the vicinity of the clock tower, on Tuesday, September 23.
“The second and third shows in the series will be held in Brown’s Town and Falmouth on September 24, and the last one will be held in Port Maria on September 26,” she said, adding that the intention of the Ministry, is to get everyone involved, hence having persons play an active role in increasing awareness.
“When we think about the underachievement of students in schools, when we think of students being unable to access the secondary level curriculum to the extent that they should, then we know that we have some challenges,” Miss Fisher said.
She emphasised that the definition for literacy, as put forward by the Ministry, is one that would encompass a number of things. “It is not just reading and writing, it is also the ability to think as a citizen of a nation, who understands what it means to be a contributor in a positive way,” she told JIS News, pointing out that the theme of the event is: ‘Literacy: The Best Remedy’.
The activity, Miss Fisher explained, should see students participating in various competitions, as well as showcasing their talents in speech, drama and other art forms. She also noted that there would be an interactive session, where members of the audience would engage in a question and answer forum, so as to widen their cognitive perspective on the topic of literacy.
She is encouraging parents to come out and be a part of the event, as it promises to be very interesting and informative.
The Ministry’s Region Three, serves the parishes of St. Ann, St. Mary and Trelawny.