Banse La Grace Com­bined School re­ceives Ger­man grant for li­brary project

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Banse La Grace Com­bined School in La­borie is the re­cip­i­ent of a small projects grant from the Ger­man Em­bassy, fa­cil­i­tated by the Ger­man Hon­orary Con­sul in Saint Lucia, Mrs. Karolin Trou­bet­zkoy.

The grant, in the amount of EC $34,040, has been used to start ren­o­va­tions of the school li­brary which is cur­rently be­ing retro-fit­ted by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. It will be uti­lized in the fu­ture by the stu­dents of the school as well as by sec­ondary school stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

The Banse La Grace Com­bined School was es­tab­lished on 30th Jan­uary, 1960 and has been in ex­is­tence for fifty five years. It is lo­cated in the ru­ral com­mu­nity of Banse La Grace, La­borie. The school serves the stu­dents of the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties and thou­sands of stu­dents have been ed­u­cated at this institution through­out its years of ex­is­tence. The present en­roll­ment at the school is eighty five stu­dents.

The school is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing stu­dents with the best ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties and has em­barked on a num­ber of in­ter­ven­tions to as­sist stu­dents with their ed­u­ca­tional needs.

Rec­og­niz­ing that many stu­dents ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fi­cul­ties in lit­er­acy, par­tic­u­larly in read­ing, the school has em­barked on a num­ber of ini­tia­tives to help al­le­vi­ate this prob­lem. One of the in­ter­ven­tions was the es­tab­lish­ment of the school li­brary and a li­brary pro­gramme.

The main ob­jec­tives of the li­brary pro­gramme are to foster an in­ter­est in read­ing and to as­sist stu­dents in en­hanc­ing their lit­er­acy skills. The school has sought as­sis­tance and has re­ceived do­na­tions of books from many gen­er­ous agen­cies and or­ga­ni­za­tions. The room which housed the li­brary was termite-in­fested and this af­fected the books which re­sulted in a large num­ber of books be­ing dis­carded over the years.

The school has part­nered with the Peace Corps Or­ga­ni­za­tion and is part of a two year lit­er­acy im­prove­ment project. A Peace Corps vol­un­teer has been as­signed to the school to as­sist with the project and also has re­spon­si­bil­ity for teach­ing li­brary skills when the project is com­pleted. The school, along with the Peace Corps vol­un­teer will also be ini­ti­at­ing an af­ter-school lit­er­acy pro­gramme to fur­ther as­sist stu­dents in im­prov­ing their skills

The prin­ci­pal of the Banse La Grace Com­bined School, Ms. Vir­ginia Ed­ward, hopes that with the new fa­cil­i­ties for the li­brary the pro­grammes to be ini­ti­ated, and the stu­dents’ abil­i­ties in lit­er­acy will be en­hanced and will lead to bet­ter per­for­mance. She ex­tended her sin­cere grat­i­tude to the Ger­man Em­bassy and Hon­orary Con­sul for their thought­ful and timely as­sis­tance.

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