Sunday, 12 May 2013

Jamaican rural public library stages annual Boys' Reading Day

Title: "Reading is a 'man ting': Boys urged to read, read, read ..."
Source: Jamaica Observer
Date: Tuesday, May 07, 2013


The article reports on an annual outreach programme by the Manchester Parish Library Network to promote reading among males in the parish. At the event for this year, the article reports on speeches by the director of the Manchester Parish Library Network, Lorraine McLean giving what appears to be a rationale for the programme and the idea behind it.  McLean also provides information on how the programme originated in the parish and why it was adopted. The event also featured speeches from two male role models, namely the head of the Area Three Police (Manchester, Clarendon and St Elizabeth) Derrick Knight and Larone Reid, a student of Holmwood Technical High School, all emphasizing the importance and benefits of reading for males. The article further reports on other activities that took place during the day's events.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Faced with data that boys, especially, are not doing well at the Grade Four Literacy Test, the Manchester Parish Library Network has undertaken a programme to promote reading in some of the worse performing schools in the parish.
It hosts an annual Boys' Reading Day, in addition to monthly interactive sessions in individual schools.
"Boys, especially, are not doing well in the grade four literacy exam. Boys learn differently from girls and that's important for teachers to understand and be a little more creative...," regional director for the library network Lorraine McLean said.

No comments: