Schools throughout the Cayman Islands will observe National Education Week, which kicks off today and runs to 26 November.
Students and educators have been preparing to participate in a range of special school-based activities throughout the week, which is themed Destination Reading-All Aboard.
The main focus will be on literacy projects, which range from poster and poetry competitions to book readings.
The programme will culminate with Reading Day at schools on Friday, 25 November, with the book fair set for the following day, starting at 10am in the Mary Miller Memorial Hall. On Reading Day, government schools will close at 1:00pm in order to allow teachers to continue preparations for the weekend.
This annual national event continues to bring together government and private schools as well as literacy supporters from the corporate community. A range of companies and bookstores will again showcase their latest education resource materials during the fair.
Teacher Appreciation Week will also be observed at the same time, and schools, students, parents, and especially PTAs are encouraged to recognise, and express their appreciation for, teachers.
Another literacy highlight of National Education Week will be the finals of the Lions Club and the Royal Bank of Canada annual spelling bees.
The Lions’ secondary school competition will be held 22 November and the RBC’s primary school competition will be on 23 November, with both events starting 6.30pm at the Mary Miller Memorial Hall.
In observing the importance of education and literacy, churches are encouraged to incorporate these themes into their weekly services.
For more information on these activities, contact National Education Week coordinator Gloria Pollard at 244-1717.