The competition organized by Courts, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour encourages reading among the youth, assessing fluency, accuracy, enunciation, pronunciation, smoothness, confidence and expression of the participants.
Courts OECS Public Relation Officer, Britney Jongue, spoke on behalf of the company at the launch.
“We’ve pledged well over $250 000 towards this competition since its inception in 2009 which is testament of our support and contribution in the field of Education and to the society by extension. As we continue to stand strong on our mandate to improve the lives of persons within our community, it is important that we continue to nurture this initiative, thereby empowering our youth, helping equip them for further education and the world of work.”
Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Chief Education Officer, Mr Marcus Edward commended Courts for their support over the years. He congratulated the finalists and encouraged all students present at the launch to read, as it opens doors of opportunities for them.
The finalists and winner from the local and OECS legs of the competition get to enjoy fabulous prizes compliments Courts for their efforts. The winner at the National level of the competition, accompanied by a guardian, will get to represent St.Lucia, at the Regional Finals to be held on Thursday October 16th 2014. This trip is an all-expense paid trip compliments Courts, and includes airfare, hotel accommodation and spending money for both the student and the guardian. He/She will compete with winners from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Dominica.
In addition to this, the finalists and winner at both the local and OECS stages get to enjoy fabulous prizes for their efforts;
National Level of the Competition
WINNER – $2000 cash plus $2000 cash for his/her school.
1st runner up – $750 cash
2nd runner – $500 cash
At the National level, all participants will receive participation gifts from Courts, Digicel, The Lions Club of Castries and the Trophy Centre.
OECS Level of the Competition
WINNER – $5000 cash plus $5000 cash for his/her school.
1st runner up – $3000 cash
2nd runner – $2000 cash
Remaining 3 participants – $1000 cash
All 6 participants will receive a top of the line laptop from Courts.
Miss Petra Robinson of the Plain View Combined School was last year’s winner and represented St Lucia in the OECS finals that were held in St. Lucia last year.
This year, the National Finals of the Courts Schools Reading Competition will be held on Tuesday September 30th at the CSA Centre, Sans Souci. Eight avid readers from districts one to eight will compete for a chance at being crowned the Courts St.Lucia National Reading Champion 2014…. Who will it be?
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