Courts OECS Reading Competition on today

Madanna Auguiste  of the W.S. Stevens Primary School in Marigot
Madanna Auguiste of the W.S. Stevens Primary School in Marigot will represent Dominica at the competition 

Six students from across the region are expected to compete in the Courts OECS Reading Competition slated to be held at the Arawak House of Culture on Thurday, March 3, from 2:30 pm.

The competitors are: Madanna Auguiste (Dominica), Arianna Mercier (St. Lucia), Eden Otwoi (Grenada), Shekinah Campbell (St. Vincent), Hrishikesh Shrinidasan (St. Kitts and Nevis), and Jazz Dias (Antingua).

In light of the competition, Public Relations Officer, Rachel Samuel, has called on students to make reading a priority, not only at the time of the Reading Competition, but in their daily lives.

“What I would like to see happen in the competition is that our students read, not only when the Courts Schools’ Reading Competition is here, but to continue it throughout the year,” she said. “So, just not make it an effort only while we have the Reading Competition, but for it to be a continued effort in the schools, in the families, and of course, in the communities where we operate.”

Samuel said the competition was introduced in 2009, with the aim of helping the fight against illiteracy in schools, particularly at the primary level. She stated that although the organization is close to accomplishing their goal, it cannot be done without the help of others.

“Well, we are well on our way to accomplishing that goal, but we cannot do it alone. We are working in collaboration with the Ministries of Education in the countries where we operate, of course, with the families and friends of our participants island-wide,” Sanuel explained. “And, this is really a global effort, and for us to say that we have succeeded would not give it justice. We are trying, and hopefully by 2020, as it’s the Millennium Goals, we will be able to achieve that perfection.”

It was said that the competition has been accredited with the improvement of the youth’s reading capabilities, according to Samuel.

“The level of the competition this year has grown significantly from our inception in 2009. We have recognized the fact that our participants are more able to read fluently,” she noted. “They have increased the ability to pronounce words, and even to enunciate. So, we are very happy to say that a lot of persons have attributed the success in the reading capabilities of our youth to the Courts Reading Competition.”

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  1. POWER
    March 4, 2016

    GIRLS ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 3, 2016

    What a great kid you are; the sky’s are your limit, be confident and give it your best!

  3. March 3, 2016

    Wondering why the thumbs dowm, is it because of the community where she mm is residing, when for you vuys to encourage the young and get her the support to be victorious you morons putting and thumb down what a sorry sad island name Dominica we are residi g in, I listened to the child reading the news and I have to say she did an excellent job, Madanna Good Luck to you, May the Lord Shower you with his Blessing, go for it for the Sky is the Limit

    March 3, 2016

    GO Dominica Go, we can do this

  5. Smart ladies
    March 3, 2016

    Good luck to all especially Dominica

  6. mine
    March 3, 2016

    Good luck to all the competitors.

  7. thumps up
    March 3, 2016

    Best of Luck to you Madanna and to all the other competitors..

  8. GB
    March 3, 2016

    You go out there and do you best little one. You are a star, so go shine. :)

    March 3, 2016


  10. Verve
    March 3, 2016

    Go Madanna!!!!

  11. CHRIS
    March 3, 2016

    All the best Madanna, God Bless You, we are proud of you.

  12. Ideal
    March 3, 2016

    Congratulation Madanna, good luck and knowing you will always be #1 win or lose. We are all routing for you.

    • Moi
      March 3, 2016

      aye, aye doh come so … she can nerve be a loser ….. :)

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