Educators trained in using library books

St. Lucian educators are now better able to strategically use library books and resources in their lessons to support the development of their students’ reading and literacy skills.

Last week a wide cross section of educators successfully completed a Teachers’ Resource Guide Workshop hosted by the non-profit organization Hands Across the Sea in collaboration with the Early Learners Program. 

The programme was executed with support from the Sandals Foundation along with the Ministry of Education and took place at Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa.

Participants included twenty-six (26) classroom teachers from Saint Lucia Sports Academy (previously Gros Islet Secondary), Babonneau Secondary, Patricia James Secondary (previously Vide Bouteille), Bocage Secondary, Clendon Mason Secondary, Stanley Jon Odlum Secondary, C. A. R. E , Anse Ger Secondary, Ciceron Secondary, Grande Rivière, Piaye Secondary and Soufriere Secondary.

Hannah Knecht, Program Director at Hands across the Sea and workshop facilitator says “the teaching tactics are aimed at building within students, a lifelong interest in reading.” 

Sandals Foundation has supported the Hands Across the Sea project since 2013. In that time, over US$90,000 has been invested to fund upgrades and purchase new age appropriate books for 28 libraries in the Eastern Caribbean.