Published On: Sat, Sep 10th, 2022

MP Angelique Romou promoting Literacy with her ‘Reading Is LIT!’ program

PHILIPSBURG — MP Angelique Romou on Wednesday issued a press statement in time for the commemoration of International Literacy Day on Thursday, September 8th, 2022, announcing the launch of her “Reading is LIT! with MP Romou” reading program.

MP Romou said “As we know, Thursday September 8th, 2022 is International Literacy Day and in honor of this spectacular day, I have launched the “Reading is LIT! with MP Romou” reading program. This initiative is not only for the entire month of September, but it continues well throughout the 2022/2023 school year.

MP Romou will be dedicating her free time, every Monday morning, and any other day where permissible to reading to our youth, in an effort to further promote the importance of literacy in our primary schools, foster Homes and after school programs. MP Romou started this month reading at the Sister Marie Laurence Primary School where she adopted a class and has committed to reading to this class for the entire 2022/2023 school year. She also donated a series of books to the school from local Author Tamara Leonard as she said it is very important for our youth to make a connection with our local authors. MP Romou will also donate the books to other schools and foster homes as she stated that these books deal with topics such as manners, respect and having an attitude of gratitude, topics which MP Romou hold in high regard and are topics which MP Romou always talk about in her motivational Speeches.

Mp Romou quoted UNESCO as Unesco established International Literacy Day in 1966 to raise awareness about the value of education as a matter of human rights and dignity. Literacy which is the ability to read and write as quoted “is arguably the single most important factor in determining a person’s career. Persons who can read and write, has a larger range of possible vocations and even highly skilled, high-paying careers are within reach once one is literate. Persons who cannot read and write, have extremely limited options and even unskilled minimum-wage jobs can then be difficult to obtain as well.

International Literacy Day is observed to bring to light the concerns for the global and domestic literacy issues that exist. Despite significant improvements in literacy rates during the more than 50 years since the first International Literacy Day, illiteracy is still a major issue on a global scale. It is estimated that more than 750 million adults worldwide are illiterate, however the number of our literate youth shows promise as it is on the rise, which sets the global literacy rate on a whole, reasonably high, with the literacy rate for all males and females that are at least 15 years old estimated at 86.3%.

In closing MP Romou stated that as an educator at heart promoting reading has always been a passion and indicated that she will continue to do her part and continue to promote literacy and continue to help in every way possible to ensure that our youth continue to read and see the importance thereof.

Recommended reading: Shocking details in UNICEF-report about children’s rights in St. Maarten

Meanwhile, the University of St. Martin is organizing a registration drive for their Adult Literacy Program starting Monday, September 12, until the 26th of September, 2022.

Program coordinators Corinne Lejeuz, Shobhan Giterson and Patricia Jansen gave an interview to 721news.com about the program.

The course will run from September 26 until December 16 this year.  The cost of the course is $655 US Dollars and a payment plans is possible. “You can’t put a price on education.” Corinne Lejeuz said.

In order to lower the barrier for adults to come out and register for the program, the coordinators is ascertaining that the strictest privacy protocols will be guaranteed and maintained as registrants go through the process when applying.

“There is no need to scared.” Lejeuz emphasized. The program has been specifically customized for adults as they are never too old for education.

According to Shobhan Giterson students immediately see the benefits and the progress when they are in the course.

Coordinators are available at USM from as early as 8am daily from Monday to Friday, Patricia Jansen said at the conclusion of the interview.

The interview can be watched online via the following link https://fb.watch/frRNXvyOMB.