Thursday, 20 June 2013

Jamaica Library Services' Literacy Intervention programme

Author: Lorraine McLean
Title: The JLS's Literacy Intervention programme
Source: Jamaica Observer
Date published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

This article is a letter to the editor of the Jamaica Observer from the Regional Director of the Manchester Parish Library Network, Lorraine McLean, reporting on the Jamaica  Library Services' Literacy Intervention programme. Within the article, information is provided about the Jamaica Library Service, the history of the literacy intervention programme and some of the activities and events under the programme.

The JLS, in support of the goals and objectives of the MOE, embarked on a pilot project to implement its Grade 4 Literacy Intervention Programme which began in Region 3 and was extended to the other five regions. Region 3 of the JLS comprises 170 school libraries in the parishes of Manchester and Clarendon.

The Literacy Intervention Programme began with two schools in Manchester where children were encouraged to participate in activities related to lessons taught from the Grade 4 curriculum. The activities were practical and so students were excited to share their thoughts in a manner which allowed them to express themselves confidently and fluently.

English was the language of choice, but they were allowed to speak in patois as well. Students were rewarded with small tokens and so they were motivated to work hard.