The Soufriere Primary School culminated a week of activities with a march around the village last Friday to observe Literacy Week.
The week of activities began on Monday, March 2 and ended on Friday, March 6.
The placard–bearing students marched through the village as they all chanted various pro-literacy slogans.
Principal of the school, Ericson Degallerie, said that the week of activities was to create an awareness of the importance of being literate.
“This march here is an ending activity as we bring the curtains down on our celebrations,” he said. “The whole idea behind this march is to get people to realize the importance of being able to read and write. Reading and writing are basic tools needed for survival in today’s technological world. Therefore, we felt it absolutely necessary to do this and we felt that the children were ideally suited to bring out this message.”
He said the Soufriere Primary School always stresses the importance of being literate.
“We try to show them that they need to be able to read and write if they are to live meaningful lives,” Degallerie explained.
The principal described the week’s activities as successful since a number of activities were held.
“Over the course of the week, we staged a number of activities. Quite a few parents as well as the Member of Parliament for the area and Ports Minister, Ian Pinard, read to students in the various classes,” he said.
Students also participated in reading and spelling competitions and each class made a presentation where students delivered important messages on the importance of literacy.
“All in all, I am pleased with what transpired during the week,” Degallerie stated.