Read Your Way: Region 4 Literacy Department Celebrates World Book and Copyright Day

Written by on April 25, 2024

On Tuesday 23rd, April 2024, the Literacy Department of Region Four hosted an activity in observance of World Book and Copyright Day. The event, entitled “World of Literacy”, saw scores of students from across the education district, including private schools, gathering at the Lusignan Community Centre Ground to learn about the value of reading. Community-minded citizens like Natasha Baksh from The Little Library in Bee Hive village, Onika Gentle of the Gift-a-book Initiative and others who are actively working towards promoting literacy among our learners also attended the event.

Literacy Coordinator for Region Four and chief organiser of the “World of Literacy” event Cindy Singh expressed satisfaction with its execution. In addition to the presentations, the event featured an exhibition of games and learning aids created by teachers from schools all across Education District Four. These games, Singh explained, aim to eliminate illiteracy by focusing on the Five Big Ideas in reading: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension.

Moreover, the Literacy Coordinator encouraged parents to do their part by reading with their children. This shared reading, she says, is not limited to books only, but includes reading labels, utility bills, grocery lists, and everything else. “Allow [the children] to choose books that they are interested in,” Singh advised. The intrinsic motivation is incentive enough for them to read and over time they will develop a habit of reading.

“Reading is a way of learning. It’s a way of life.” – Cindy Singh Literacy Coordinator Region 4

“Read Your Way” the theme for World Book and Copyright Day 2024, seeks to promote a love for reading and encourage individuality in your style and method of reading. This is especially important for us today when we are spending more of our time using smart devices. While reading physical books is incredibly beneficial, for adults with grown-up responsibilities and limited time, it is important to read in a way that is comfortable and convenient. The bottom line is that everyone should read.

Cindy Singh (Left), Davion Leslie (Center), Sophia Dolphin Emcee (Right)

Similar sentiments were expressed by Davion Leslie, Programme Manager for Human Resource Development at CARICOM. In his address to the attendees, he described his childhood in rural Jamaica where books were hard to come by. He was only able to read the old newspaper pages that he could find. It was during this period of his life that his love for reading blossomed. As he grew older and was able to access more literature, he read more books.

However, now as an adult with a hectic work life, setting aside the time to read physical books is almost impossible. Thus, in an effort to maintain his habit of reading, Leslie opts to listen to audiobooks. So the theme, “Read your Way” resonates with him because he has had to find a way or a method of reading that is convenient for him.

“Find a way of reading that works for you and lean into that.” – Davion Leslie, Programme Manager for Human Resource Development at CARICOM

He advised the attendees to identify the subject matter they are interested in reading, whether it’s Educational, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Historical, Sci-Fi, Self-Help or otherwise. Then decide how you will read, whether you will read the traditional physical copies, soft copies on your smart devices, or listen to audiobooks.


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