Goodwill Reunion Committee promotes literacy

Members of the Goodwill Reunion Committee are viewing the opening of their refurbished resource center as a significant contribution to the development of literacy on the island.


Chairman of the Goodwill Reunion Committee Mr Albert Bannis formally commissioned the resource center at a short ceremony in Goodwill on August 11th, as part of activities marking their reunion celebrations which runs from August 1st to 15th, 2010.


Mrs Brenda Bannis said that the resource center will provide students islandwide with an opportunity to use the many core text books that will be available at the center.


“Students will be able to come in here to use the core text books in maths, science, social studies and so on. There is also going to be a life book at the center, with picture of various personalities like reporters, politicians, lawyers and the likes and if a school need to use these persons as resource persons, the center will contact them immediately,” said Mrs Bannis.


While the building, which is located at the Lindo park in Goodwill is only about 95 percent complete, Mrs Bannis said that they have already received the commitment of several partners who will help in furnishing the center. LIME Dominica has also given their commitment to provide a free telephone line and internet service at the center.


“Steve Astaphan has committed to do the tiling of the floor as well as to provide desks for the computers and shelves for the books. J. Astaphans has committed to giving text books that the students will be using here and with this program, we have something called ‘adopt a book’ which is to sponsor a book, so this is a community effort. We want to have books from primary to secondary level and eventually the college level too,” said Mrs Bannis.


Mr Albert Bannis called on the populace to support the committee as this facility will provide many benefits to Dominican students.


“This is a worthwhile endeavor and opportunity for our young people to come on board and be partners, we are asking churches, youth organizations, schools and community groups to be partners in this initiative,” said Bannis.


Other services that will be available at the center are photocopying, printing, the use of a fax machines, internet and email usage.

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