A call is being made for more children in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to cultivate a love for reading.

Speaking on Wednesday December 13 at the finals of the ninth annual Courts OECS Reading Competition at the Peace Memorial Hall, Senior Education Officer Mrs. Aldia Gumbs-Dyer said that good reading skills in early childhood are important, and that reading is a basic skill for living.

She said the Ministry of Education continues to recommit itself to ensuring that there is access, equity and high quality within the Education system.

Meanwhile, Senior Manager of Courts St. Vincent Limited, Mrs. Michelle Samuel mentioned the Courts Reading Competition is part of their contribution to community development.

She noted that among the objectives of the competition are to reduce illiteracy levels in children and to foster good reading habits among them.

The competition was won by Jonniel-Stowe of Lodge Village Government, with 2nd Place going to Ethan Balcombe of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School and 3rd Place-Christian Joseph of the Kingstown Preparatory School.



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