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Literacy bus to stop in five parishes

Published:Thursday | April 26, 2012 | 12:00 AM

IN AN attempt to fight illiteracy across the island, Read Across Jamaica will embark on a five-parish bus tour under the theme 'Education is the Key', during National Education Week, May 6-11.

A joint effort of Read Across Jamaica Foundation (RAJ) and Grow Youth Universal (GYU), the tour will visit schools in St Catherine, Manchester, St Elizabeth, Clarendon, St Mary and St Ann. At each stop they will read, recite and encourage students to better understand and appreciate family, diversity and global community needs through the education and entertainment that reading provides.

"What we are doing is something that is necessary. It is an honour to work with RAJ on this endeavour. We will dedicate our time and effort to initiate the education revolution needed to propel Jamaica to the forefront of civic expectation in this 21st century," said Sister Carole, also known as Jahmekka Green, co-founder of GYU.

Since 2004, the RAJ literacy project has served more than 24,000 students and provided more than 50,000 books and educational supplies to children and schools across Jamaica.

RAJ's mission is to introduce creative and interactive methods of reading that encourage children to enjoy literature, while GYU infuses poetry, music, movement and visual arts as a means of therapy and communication.