Schools across the island will observe Read Across Jamaica Day on Tuesday, May 7.
The day forms part of activities by the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) to celebrate Education Week from May 5 to 11 under the theme: ‘Advancing the Nation’s Human Capital Through Education’.
Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who read the proclamation during a brief ceremony at King’s House on Thursday, May 2, emphasised the value of reading in promoting literacy.
“The objective of Read Across Jamaica Day is for our children to become literate and remain literate. As we go up the educational ladder, we see more and more the importance of reading. The degrees that are granted are based on the fact that you read for them,” he stated.
The Governor-General encouraged the nation’s children to read more, underscoring that reading will increase their knowledge.
He also implored all Jamaicans to support the JTA’s initiative “as we commit to ensuring that Jamaica’s children are among the best in the world”.
In his remarks, JTA President, Clayton Hall said the association fervently believes in the impact that literacy and reading can have on the advancement of students. “It is with this in mind that we instituted, within Education Week, a day dedicated to this activity,” he stated.
Read Across Jamaica Day is an important step in getting children to make reading a regular part of their lives. It seeks to foster interest in reading by encouraging parents and other members of the society to read a book to a child.
This is based on research that shows a connection between adults reading aloud to children and enhanced language development.
A national day to promote reading and literacy locally was first observed by the JTA in 2005.
By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter