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RESTORE Belize’s Readathon and Essay Competition Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:00

With Education Month being celebrated in May, a month of activities has been carried out under the theme “Literacy: A Ladder to Learning and Earning.” As such, RESTORE Belize has been actively involved in the key events the Youth Innovation Challenge, the 4th Biennial Teacher Education Conference, and RESTORE Belize’s Readathon and Essay Competition.

The reading and essay competition, as well as the other activities, serves to ensure that children learn to read well, and are encouraged to do so; it has literacy as its primary and underlying focus. A total of eight schools participated and the students were asked to read as many books as they could so as to write reports on them.

An award ceremony was held at the Leo Bradley Library on Thursday, May 24, 2018. There, Dr. Rosalyn Bradley, RESTORE Belize and Ministry of Education, spoke about the importance of reading. “The whole purpose of the readathon is to encourage reading especially in school. We encourage the kids to come to the library check out books and read as many books as possible. We know that reading is very important. If the students can’t read it affects their academic performance across the board and so there is no excuse.” According to Dr. Bradley, books for the readathon were dropped off at each participating school once every two weeks since March and as such, the children had books readily available to them.