US Embassy Supports Education in Dominica

The U.S. Embassy helped boost education in Dominica this week with several donations of books and education materials to schools and organizations across the country.

On Tuesday, May 7, the Embassy presented a set of books and teaching materials to Portsmouth Secondary School. Principal Ronald Austrie expressed his gratitude for the donation, saying that “the active support from organizations such as yours helps us to strive for excellence in education as we look forward to a brighter future.” The books, which include both works of fiction and resources on teaching methods, will benefit both teachers and students at the school.

The Embassy also presented a set of books and educational board games to Operation Youth Quake. Deputy Public Affairs Officer Rachael Zaspel was on hand to present the books and introduce the children to their new learning resources. Working in groups, the children enjoyed learning how to play the games and browsing through their new books.

On Wednesday, May 8, Ms. Zaspel visited Trafalgar Primary School, where she presented a set of children’s books on behalf of the Embassy. This “Books-in-a-Bag” program includes a selection of the books from the 2012 American Library Association’s Notable Children’s Books list which are packed into a wheeled duffel bag so the books can be easily circulated from class to class. The program started in 2011 and has made its way to primary schools across the Eastern Caribbean, adding to the thousands of Embassy-donated books to schools across the region.

Finally, the American Corner in the Dominica Public Library in Roseau received a set of four new Kindles, pre-loaded with hundreds of titles and ready for eager readers to use. Ms. Zaspel worked with a core group of frequent library visitors and avid readers to familiarize them with these fun new devices. The Kindles, along with hundreds of other Embassy-funded books and reading materials are available every day at the American Corner.

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