LAC Reads Capacity Program, local partner EduConnect Jamaica host second Writer’s Workshop in Ocho Rios

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Twenty-two writers, comprising Literacy Coordinators from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, officers from the Early Childhood Commission, Teachers’ College lecturers and classroom teachers participated in the workshop, a follow up to the first capacity-building exercise held in June of this year. 

KINGSTON, Jamaica – In coordination with its local partner EduConnect Jamaica Limited, the LAC Reads Capacity Program (LRCP) hosted the second Writer’s Workshop in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, from October 30 to November 1, 2017. This workshop, a follow up to the first writing and capacity-building exercise held in June of this year, facilitated the revision of the draft versions of curriculum-based, culturally relevant children’s stories and poems that promote the development of comprehension, reading fluency and creative writing skills for students aged 4 to 8 years in the Caribbean nation.

Twenty-two writers, comprising Literacy Coordinators from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, officers from the Early Childhood Commission, Teachers’ College lecturers and classroom teachers from all over Jamaica participated in the workshop. The stories and poems were revised and the art notes refined for the illustrators.

In her opening remarks, EduConnect Jamaica program manager Dr. Jean Beaumont praised the participants for their unswerving commitment to the writing process. Dr. Beaumont expressed her gratitude for the support of the Assistant Chief Education Officers (ACEO) from three units of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information – Dr. Sharon Anderson-Morgan, Special Education Unit, Dr. Clover Hamilton-Flowers, Core Curriculum Unit, and Mrs. Winnie Berry, Media Services Unit. Mrs. Tracy Ann Morgan-Smith, Training Manager of the Early Childhood Commission, was also in attendance. The ACEOs, who made presentations to guide the review process, were supported by officers from the respective units.

The workshop featured other interesting presentations, including “The Review Process: Revisiting the Rudiments,” by Mrs. Olivette Lue-Nicholson, Language Officer from the Core Curriculum Unit. Mrs. Allison Hall-Green, Education Officer, and Mr. Kerrith Watts, Senior Education Officer in the Media Services Unit, guided the writers in their preparation of Art Notes for the illustrator. Dr. Maureen Byfield, Reading Specialist, gave the writers general feedback on the stories and poems that were reviewed by the LRCP team and Officers from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. She reminded them to use the checklist in the Resource Booklet to review their work and to ensure that the stories and poems were aligned to the curriculum.

The LRCP team and its local partners in Jamaica will continue to collaborate with the officers of the island nation’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to realize the vision of producing curriculum-based, culturally relevant texts in print, digital, braille, and audio formats for a diverse group of early learners.