PRESS RELEASE – In its continuing drive to promote education in Saint Lucia, LIME is partnering with the Peace Corps and local educators to raise literacy levels at the primary school level.
In keeping with their mission to help improve literacy among students in Saint Lucia and the Eastern Caribbean, the Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteers have launched a Primary Literacy Project in which 29 volunteers based in Saint Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada and Dominica will get specialised literacy training at a model school set up at the Plateau Mothers and Fathers Hall in Babonneau.
Nine local teachers will also participate in the six-week program which is expected to serve as a prep school for providing literacy training. The Primary Literacy training will run from June 13 to 1 August. LIME is providing free broadband Internet service along with tents, stationery and office supplies to help support the classroom programme.
Sara Lightner, Director of Programming & Training for the Peace Corps in the Eastern Caribbean, says the partnership with LIME will enable the Primary Literacy Project to achieve its main objective of helping children significantly improve their reading and comprehension skills.
“The project is based on an identified need at the primary level. It focuses on primary literacy and aligns with our goal ofenhancing the capacities of the students as well as teachers and helping to grow a reading culture within schools and communities. To this end, we are very grateful for the assistance we have received from LIME,” said Lightner.
Placide Noelien, LIME Local Enterprise Account Manager, said, “There is no better gift that you can give to a child than the opportunity to get an education. We at LIME know how crucial it is that Saint Lucia’s students improve their literacy skills in order to be able to get a solid start in their academic careers, while taking advantage of advances in technology. We are delighted to offer our support to the US Peace Corps Primary Literacy Project.”
Over the years thousands of Saint Lucian children have benefited from educational programmes and activities sponsored by LIME, including the company’s annual Internet Summer School, its provision of free Internet service to primary schools, the ongoing LIME Scholarship scheme, the company’s Common Entrance preparation workshops, and LIME support for initiatives like the annual Schools Spelling Bee and the Schools ‘In Time Project,’ among others.
Earlier this year LIME teamed up with cable TV channel partner, Gulfcom, to donate over $10,000 worth of school supplies and other materials to students from several schools who were affected by the 2013 Christmas Eve trough, to help them continue their education.