Press Release

Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports
BVI National Commission for UNESCO
Education, Schools
Release Date:
Thursday, 13 September 2018 - 12:28pm

Several books were donated to the St. George’s Primary and the Cedar International Schools on Tuesday September 11, in observance of World Literacy Day.

Officials from the BVI National Commission for UNESCO, the Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town and local Educator and Author Dr. Patricia Turnbull shared information and donated books to the school libraries in observance of the day.

Secretary General for the BVI National Commission for UNESCO Dr. Allison Flax-Archer said more donations will be made to public schools throughout the Territory during the months of October and November.

Dr. Archer said, “The idea is to visit schools and share the importance of being literate until it resonates in the minds of students across the Territory.”

She added, “The theme of this year's World Literacy Day is "Literacy and Skills Development", and is focused on the evolving approach to education and the fact that UNESCO is actively engaged in the redefinition of literacy. Heavy focus will be placed on enforcing the idea that students must be culturally literate and should seek to understand the history of where they reside.”

Mrs. Rosemarie Flax of the Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town gave an overview of Rotary’s work in Literacy in the Territory and the world and also donated a book to the schools.

The sessions ended with Dr. Patricia Turnbull reading her age appropriate book, Ti KoKo and Kush Kush to the students at each school. She also entertained a question and answer session in which students were reminded of the importance of education, culture, science, the environment and friendships. 


Message on the occasion of the International Literacy Day
Audrey Azoulay, Director General

St. George’s Primary School
Photo Credit Teacher Jenniffier Freso

Cedar International School
Photo Credit Teacher Anna Kinkead