Ministry of Education gets literacy boost

Some of the books donated

The Ministry of Education’s move to address the issue of literacy at primary schools in Dominica got a huge boost on Wednesday.

The Eden and Emilia Baptist Memorial foundation presented over $3.5-million worth of text books to the ministry.

This is the the second donation of books in less than a year from the foundation.

President of the foundation, Angelic Baptist, is hoping that every Dominican student will benefit from the more than 61,000 text books donated. “We are confident that the teachers and students receiving these books will make excellent use of them,” she said. “It is a great honor that we are able to make this donation. We owe it all to the Lord.”

Education Minister Petter St. Jean told the handing over ceremony that the every primary school on the island will benefit from the donation. “I want to give the guarantee that such investment will go to good use,” he said. “I also want to go on record to inform you that every primary school in Dominia will benefit from the donation. We will ensure as a ministry that it reaches every child across the island.”

He also challenged the foundation to assist with the Ministry of Education’s one laptop per child initiative.

The Eden and Erilia Baptist Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has been dedicated to the progress and development of Dominica.

The foundation has made several donations to Dominica including a presentation of items to the Princess Margaret Hospital.

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12 Comments

  1. November 11, 2012

    congratulations Baptiste family. keep up the good work. Your herd work will pay rich dividends.

  2. Anonymous
    November 10, 2012

    Sorry forgot to thank the foundation.

  3. Anonymous
    November 10, 2012

    499 dollars each multiplied by all the the number of school children -why don’t you and Muslim start the ball rolling and buy some -donate them. Children here need better schools more qualified teachers -pencils books and the ones who are struggling extra help from a remedial.teacher.

  4. Muslim
    November 9, 2012

    I support the one laptop per child initiative, it is a positive step in right direction.

  5. Proud Dominican
    November 8, 2012

    iPads are very inexpensive!

  6. Reader
    November 8, 2012

    I got the impression that the Minister would have preferred to have $3.5 million dollars worth of laptops.

  7. Reader
    November 8, 2012

    I’m so proud of the work this foundation is doing. Great job and thanks for your donation.

    On another note, but I find that minister impossible. He could just say thank you? He had to ask for more? That say a lot about the character of the minister.

  8. Anonymous
    November 8, 2012

    Be grateful,be grateful for what u got.Mr. MINISTER, why would u challenge for one laptop for each child? Because d group so generous that does not mean u have to try to abizay their generosity nuh.

  9. Proud
    November 8, 2012

    Good Job EEBMF….. :wink: May God continue to bless this Foundation. Thanks so much! Bless up :-D

  10. November 8, 2012

    This is truly awesome news for thew children of Dominica! Our aim at http://www.cookingforacauseinc.com is also to benefit the children of Dominica. With our newly published cookbook, our aim is to donate a percentage of our proceeds to charities that directly support education in Dominica. We are small and just beginning. This story is inspirational! One day we too, hope to be able to make such a wonderful contribution.

  11. November 8, 2012

    Thank you,may god continue to bless you.

    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2012

      great job Baptiste family you are making your impact felt. congratulations

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