Nurturing Great Minds Through Reading

Rural schools were found to be most vulnerable, due to the limited access to reading resources.
15 Oct 2021 12:15
Nurturing Great Minds Through Reading
Year 8 Students in the library using the furniture provided with the assistance.

The Government’s Primary & Secondary School Library Scheme programme administered under the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, was implemented to address the increasing percentage of non-readers which exist in Primary Schools.

Rural schools were found to be most vulnerable, due to the limited access to reading resources.

The objectives of the programme are to provide relevant and adequate teaching aids to help increase literacy advancement of students to ensure they are not deprived from accessing learning resources, whilst providing a conducive environment for learning through the procurement of school library furniture such as book shelves, tables and chairs for library users.

The Poverty Monitoring Unit visited Tabiang Primary School which has a total school roll of 112 students and is one of the rural schools in the Northern Division that was assisted by the Department of Library Services’ Primary and Secondary School Library Scheme.

The 2015 assistance provided to the school included library books with nonfiction and fiction books, book shelves, plastic tables and chairs for students learning comfort.

The provision of these teaching aids has greatly enhanced the work of the Teachers in Tabiang Primary School considering their geographical location.

Internet connectivity has always been an added challenge on the island, making the library a valuable resource for students on Rabi.

However, through this library service the children are able to overcome this challenge with the enabling environment to learn more about the world beyond their island home.

Students’ literacy level and general knowledge has also improved through this assistance, and has made a ripple impact to senior students from the neighboring Rabi High School in accessing resources that are available in Tabiang Primary School library.

The Assistant Head Teacher Ms. Maere Teke acknowledges the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts for this programme that has not only benefitted her students but also other members within their community.


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