Soufriere Primary School observes Literacy Week

Students taking part in march
Students taking part in march

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.

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  1. March 13, 2015

    Parents should show their children that they are reading as often as possible in order to encourage the children to do the same…see to it that they also spend at list 2 hours in a book during the weekends and during the holidays,,reading often can help every one of us broaden our knowledge ,help us to retain ,stories,poems,every day duties and also relaxes the body…make reading become a form of enjoyment for the kids by reading story books with them …
    The soufriere school was the last primary school i attended in dominica ,where i can say that we were very well behaved ,we had guavas,cachews ,mangoes and “zikak” as break time meal,,those days were so amzing..
    good luck…

  2. pest.......
    March 11, 2015

    This literacy rituals called literacy week once a year is doing nothing to improve the reading abilities of our children. let us have literacy day every time the kids enter the classroom. Time to stop the drama and start teaching…..

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