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Eight schools from the eight education districts around the island get set to compete in the 5th Annual “Courts Schools Reading Competition” finals, scheduled to be held on Monday, September 30 at the CSA Centre in Sans Souci.
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.
At the launch held this week at the Plain View Combined School, the eight finalists were welcomed and encouraged to continue reading and performing their best by the reigning champion herself, Kharyce Moonie. She thanked Courts St. Lucia for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and encouraged all students to read.
Feature speaker, Derek Luk Pat, managing director for Unicomer OECS, expressed the company’s delight to have launched a competition, which continues to improve literacy throughout the OECS.
In addition to inspiring reading, the finalists and winner from the local and OECS legs get to enjoy fabulous prizes for their efforts:
Local LEG – Courts School’s Reading Competition
WINNER – $2,000 cash plus $2,000 cash for his/her school
1st runner up – $750 cash
2nd runner – $500 cash
All participants will receive gifts from Courts
OECS LEG – Courts OECS School’s Reading Competition
WINNER – $5,000 cash plus $5,000 cash for his/her school
1st runner up – $3,000 cash
2nd runner – $2,000 cash
Remaining 3 participants – $1,000 cash
All six participants will receive a top of the line laptop from Courts
Each year, the OECS finals are held in the winning country and with Kharyce from St.Lucia being the reigning champion, it means that the OECS finals will happen right here in St.Lucia this year, in November.
The competition has seen overall winners from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Dominica in the past, and this year we look forward to a successful competition here in St. Lucia.
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.
We encourage you to take time to read!
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