Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Fayval Williams, is encouraging parents and guardians to read to children regularly, in a bid to stimulate their interest in books and to discover the joy and pleasure in reading.
“When we start reading at an early age, we develop our brains’ ability to understand and to be creative and imaginative. Reading helps to provide background knowledge on our world and help us to make sense of what we see, hear and read,” she said.
“Reading helps us to develop an understanding of other people’s experiences and cultures and introduces us to new languages. In fact, it is the gateway to countless skills and possibilities and a lifetime of discovery,” the Minister added, as she read to children digitally from her offices in Kingston, to commemorate Read Across Jamaica Day.