Diaspora groups donates books worth EC1.1 million dollars to Dominican schools

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share 163 Views   one commentcenter_img LocalNews Diaspora groups donates books worth EC1.1 million dollars to Dominican schools by: – February 7, 2012 Share A student of the Dominica Community High School receiving a symbolic token of the books from Rachel Amantrading of the Foundation while Dr. Wendel Thomas looks on.Two Diaspora groups; the Baptist Family Foundation of St. Joseph which has been in existence for over ten years and the Global Literacy Project, have collaborated in donating a 40 foot container of books to educational institutions in Dominica.A total of 11, 265 books will be distributed to schools on the island including the Dominica State College and the University of the West Indies Dominica Open Campus.At a handing over ceremony on Monday, one of the representatives of the Baptist Family Foundation of St. Joseph Angelic Baptist noted that the donation of books is a milestone for Dominica and although the organization has assisted Dominicans in many areas; education is their major priority.“We have catered to our fellow Dominicans in every capacity, such as providing hospital supplies, elderly care materials, assistance to the homeless and home for the aged; Grotto and to the St. Joseph Health Centre but education is our major priority.”Angelic Baptist of the Baptist Family Foundation of St. Joseph.Baptist highlighted the assistance which the Foundation has given to the St. Joseph School among other schools on the island in the form of books stating that, “We as a family take pride in doing so because we believe that is a right of every child to have an opportunity to be educated. I believe that there should never be a limit to learning or achieving one’s goals. I also believe if we help the children take pride in education we will build a society and a better Dominica”.She announced that her Foundation and the Global Literacy Project “have worked hard to bring high quality, large quantity books to our country” and thanked Ambassador Vince Henderson and Kelver Darroux for their facilitation of this donation. “Today I am proud to announce to you we have 11, 265 brand new books having a value of US$401, 597. 00 the equivalent of EC$1.1 million. These books will be distributed to Dominican schools and will be given to the children to take home.” President of the Gloabl Literacy Project, Dr. Wendel ThomasPresident and Founder of the Global Literacy Project, Dr. Wendel Thomas who hails from the village of La Plaine, told Monday’s ceremony that his organization has been working hard to provide quality books for Dominica.“We have been working hard and I must say that the books and materials that we have are of the quality that Dominica is accustomed too. Strangely enough there are other standards in other places and because I’m a native I am well aware of our standard; and this standard is at the premium these books are actually hot off the press, they are brand new. I have never seen them because they came from the publishers through another NGO to my organization.”Meanwhile Co Founder of the Global Literacy Project Nigerian Dr. Emeka Akaezuwa said “we believe very strongly that the progress of any country depends on the ability of that country to produce smart people who can help lead the country”. He believes that the donation of books will assist in that regard. Co Founder of Global Literacy Project, Dr. Emeka Akaezuwa.He also complimented the island on being the most beautiful country as he said prior to his visit here, he though Rio De Janeiro was the most beautiful country but has to change this mindset as Dominica is indeed a very beautiful country. Parliamentary Representative for the St. Joseph Constituency Kelver Darroux said, “We must commend people who give back to their communities”.He explained that the donation will assist the government in realizing its goals to help develop young people in Dominica.Students of the Dominica Community High School and the Orion Academy were present to receive a symbolic token of the books as well as a representative of the Dominica State College and UWI Open Campus Dominica.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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