Thursday, 9 April 2009

Two-day Literacy Conference at Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica

TITLE: NCU Stages 2-Day Literacy Conference
SOURCE: MANDEVILLE, Jamaica Information Service (JIS)
DATE: Wednesday, April 08, 2009

URL: http://jis.gov.jm/education/html/20090408T190000-0500_19127_JIS_NCU_STAGES_2_DAY_LITERACY_CONFERENCE.asp

EXCERPT:
A two-day literacy conference, which is aimed at arming educators and parents with the information and skills to improve reading among children, got underway on April 7 at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Mandeville.

The conference, which is being held in conjunction with Howard University in the United States of America, targets teachers, parents, administrators and policy makers, providing them with the opportunity to garner information and knowledge on both traditional and emerging methodologies in teaching persons how to read


ABSTRACT:

The article reports on the opening ceremony of the literacy conference. It documents some of the remarks of the Governor General regarding the importance of literacy or reading to the nation. Also mentioned are the remarks of the Minister of Education, indicating his focus on addressing the issue of illiteracy in schools.

Vice President for Academic and Administration at NCU, Dr. Beverly Cameron, is also cited as stating that educators are the most influential persons in promoting literacy to students.

1 comment:

M. Scale said...

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this conference to show the role between good school library programmes and literacy.

With all due respect to Dr. Cameron, while teachers can promote literacy among their students, I believe that the qualified school librarian has a better advantage.

I will discuss this perspective some more, but for the lack of time, I will leave this argument hanging.