SXM Reads” literacy campaign officially launched this Friday

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PHILIPSBURG (September 8, 2015)— A brand-new literacy campaign, called “SXM Reads” will be officially launched this week with an opening ceremony on Friday September 11th at 7.00 pm at the Asha Stevens School in Cay Hill.

The “SXM Reads“ campaign aims to create awareness and find support for persons with low literacy skills. Many persons in our society have difficulty with reading and writing. People with low literacy skills are often neglected and suffer from isolation and low self-esteem.

The keynote speaker of the evening will be Ms. Jenny Fraai, President of the Pro Alfa Foundation Curacao. Ms. Fraai and her fellow volunteers have more than 25 years of experience in working with illiterate and semi-literate persons in 9 different communities in Curacao. Minister Bourne-Gumbs will also be present at the opening ceremony at the Asha Stevens School and will address the audience.

The partners in the campaign are the Philipsburg Jubilee Library, COME center and the Sint Maarten National Commission for UNESCO. The opening ceremony on September 11th is the first activity of the September literacy awareness month.

Other upcoming activities are a workshop for literacy tutors on Saturday morning, September 12th, at the COME Centre, a movie and discussion evening under the title “the Reading Room” on September 19th  at the Library and a “Reading and learning in the park event”  on Saturday September 26th at the Emilio Wilson Park.

The General public is invited to attend the launching of “SXM Reads” this Friday September 11th at the Asha Stevens School.

Photo caption: The COME Centre organizes literacy courses where adults can come to learn how to read or brush up on their reading skills