BATV par­tic­i­pates in Read Across Ja­maica Day

Jamaica Gleaner - - LIVING -

READ ACROSS Ja­maica Day is a na­tional lit­er­acy ini­tia­tive formed to foster a love of read­ing in chil­dren in Ja­maica and across the di­as­pora. The Caribbean’s only all-busi­ness chan­nel, Busi­ness Ac­cess TV (BATV), see­ing this as a crit­i­cal part of youth de­vel­op­ment, par­tic­i­pated in the ini­tia­tive on Tues­day, May 8, at the Stella Maris Prepara­tory School, St Andrew.

Garth Walker, manag­ing di­rec­tor of BATV, en­gaged the stu­dents in an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion.

Since its in­cep­tion in 2003, Read Across Ja­maica Day has pro­vided many op­por­tu­ni­ties for young chil­dren to be in­flu­enced pos­i­tively through an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for lit­er­acy.

In­spir­ing the fu­ture of Ja­maica to dream big and be­lieve in the value and va­lid­ity of their dreams was one of the rea­sons for Walker par­tic­i­pat­ing in Read Across Ja­maica Day.

“The ini­tia­tive it­self is re­mark­able and should be com­pletely taken ad­van­tage of. Read­ing and en­gag­ing with the chil­dren not only helps to grow their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for read­ing and books, but al­lows them to see just how im­por­tant lit­er­acy and ed­u­ca­tion in gen­eral re­ally are,” ex­plained Walker.

The read­ing ex­er­cise, which kept stu­dents en­gaged for just over 45 min­utes, in­cluded a short ques­tio­nand-an­swer ses­sion and a short pep talk from the CEO on the beauty of fol­low­ing dreams.

The school’s vice prin­ci­pal, Pat Peryer, said: “It’s amaz­ing to have him come back. It’s good that he re­mem­bers us, and it shows the chil­dren re­ally how far you can go when you com­mit to not only read­ing, but a good ed­u­ca­tion. I’m happy he has de­cided to share Read Across Ja­maica Day with us. I was here when he was a stu­dent, and I’m so happy to see all his achieve­ments.”

CON­TRIB­UTED

Garth Walker, Busi­ness Ac­cess TV manag­ing di­rec­tor, en­gages stu­dents at the Stella Maris Prepara­tory School, St Andrew dur­ing Read Across Ja­maica Day last week Tues­day.

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