Huawei sees bright fu­ture for lit­er­ate chil­dren

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

BOOKS4KIDS JA­MAICA, a lo­cal non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, is en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren at the basic school level to get ex­cited about read­ing and writ­ing by pro­mot­ing a pos­i­tive ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence through the pro­vi­sion of books and ear­lye­d­u­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als to four-year-olds (K1) and five-year-olds (K2) in preschools.

On Oc­to­ber 27, Books4Kids Ja­maica, in part­ner­ship with Huawei Ja­maica, pre­sented bags of read­ing and writ­ing ma­te­ri­als to chil­dren at the Faith Taber­na­cle Basic School, 55A Lyn­d­hurst Road, and Mel­rose Pri­mary and Ju­nior High School, 3 Lit­tle Kew Road.

Each child re­ceived a ‘Books4Kids book bag’ con­tain­ing one 300-page BrainQuest Work­book, kinder­garten read­ing books, a pack of crayons, and a pen­cil.

Books4Kids be­lieves in fos­ter­ing the selfes­teem of chil­dren grow­ing up in chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances by in­tro­duc­ing them to pos­i­tive com­mu­nity role mod­els and giv­ing them real, prac­ti­cal re­sources for con­tin­ued aca­demic suc­cess.

First-time spon­sor Huawei sup­ported this year’s char­ity by help­ing to pro­vide the basic ne­ces­si­ties to foster learn­ing.

“We at Huawei be­lieve that im­proved lit­er­acy can con­trib­ute to eco­nomic growth, re­duced poverty and re­duced crime, and we feel a deep re­spon­si­bil­ity to sup­port the com­mu­nity. We are proud to sup­port Books4Kids as it’s im­por­tant to pro­vide chil­dren with the re­sources needed to con­tinue to grow their ed­u­ca­tion. Lit­er­acy is one of the most im­por­tant skills a youth can pos­sess and lays the foun­da­tion for a suc­cess­ful fu­ture,” said Chrysta Walker, mar­ket­ing man­ager for Huawei Tech­nolo­gies.

Since its its in­cep­tion in 2007, Books4Kids has at­tracted more than 115 in­ter­na­tional vol­un­teers who have helped pro­vide more than 155,000 books to 43,000 chil­dren in more than 130 schools is­land­wide. Chil­dren who par­tic­i­pate in the Books4Kids con­tinue to pro­duce ex­cel­lent re­sults. In 2014, an over­all mas­tery of 91 per cent was mea­sured among 2,627 chil­dren at 36 schools who com­pleted the an­nual Boook­s4Kids as­sess­ment skill test.

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The Palmyra Foun­da­tions’ Frank Perolli reads for the stu­dents at the Mel­rose In­fant School in Kingston on Thurs­day, af­ter hand­ing over a num­ber of do­na­tions to the in­sti­tu­tion, in part­ner­ship with Huawei Ja­maica.

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