Country to participate in literacy and numeracy project for young children

Assistant Director of Measurement and Evaluation in the Ministry of Education Ineta Francis. (OBSERVER media photo)
Assistant Director of Measurement and Evaluation in the Ministry of Education Ineta Francis. (OBSERVER media photo)

Antigua & Barbuda is getting assistance to boost the literacy and numeracy skills for children between the ages of four to five years.

This is the aim of the Early Learners Programme being implemented by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) with support from the United States Aid Agency (USAID).

Programme Director Marcellus Albertin said yesterday that the project will help to address the critical need of helping students to read up to their level at grade II.

“There are students who are unable to ready at age six and seven years, so part of this programme will be to assess who those children are, to understand why it is they are not learning, and to put systems in place to improve the situation,” Albertin said.

He said one component of the programme will include training educators where needed and improving the supplies needing for children to do better.

Albertin was speaking at an inception meeting held at the Multipurpose Cultural Centre on Friday to introduce teachers and education officials to the concept.

 

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