Diasporans Donates Books to Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education was very thankful on Wednesday November 7th, as they were on the receiving end of a large book donation.
This donation which came up to the sum of US 1.4 million dollars, was done by President of the Eden and Emilia Baptist Memorial Foundation, Ms. Angelique Baptist, who handed over 61, 000 new text and workbooks covering a wide range of subjects.
This book donation will benefit Pre –K, Primary and Secondary school students.
Ms. Angelique Baptist, pointed out that the foundation is non-profit and has been dedicated to the progress and development of education in Dominica for over 10 years.
Ms. Baptist says that one of their goals is to ensure that every school in Dominica has a supply of books that will benefit every child.
A total of 11, 265 books were distributed to schools on the Island, including the Dominica State College and the University of the West Indies Dominica Open Campus in the first donation.
Ms. Baptist said they are confident that the teachers and students receiving these books will make excellent use of them.
She said it is a great honour to be in a position to make this decision that was only possible by the grace of God, and thanked her parents; Mr and Mrs Eden Baptist after whom the Foundation is named, for teaching them that it is better to give than to receive.
An Isiah Thomas Secondary School (ITSS) student received some of the books from a member of the Foundation.
Ms. Baptist also thanked the government of Dominica, the Global Literacy Project, Education Minister Petter Saint Jean, Parliamentary Secretary Kelver Darroux, Ambassador Vince Henderson and Evander Joseph her link person in Dominica, for their assistance in making the donation possible.
Minister of Education Honourable Peter St. Jean stated that this donation is a great one as his Ministry has been focusing on improving reading in our schools.
Mr. St. Jean said any child who is a good reader will excel in other subject areas.
Mr. St. Jean says other Dominicans should work towards making meaningful contributions to the development of Dominica.
He guaranteed the members of the Foundation that such a donation will go to good use, and that every primary school in Dominica will benefit.
He also appealed to the schools, teachers and principals to appreciate the books and make good use of them.
Mr. St. Jean also appealed to the foundation to help the ministry with their one laptop per child initiative.
Students of the Roseau Primary and the Isaiah Thomas Secondary were presented with books, as well as Fr. Herman Sharplis on behalf of the St. John’s Academy in Portsmouth at Wednesday’s ceremony.