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“Ah Tell Yuh,” Grenadian student-writers are published


Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:02 PM- St. George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, March 18, 2014 – GIS:
The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, in collaboration with the Diaspora Consultative Committee (DCC) UK, launched “Ah Tell Yuh,” an anthology of poems and short stories written by Grenadian students, on March 14, 2014.

The book, which boasts a signed letter of congratulations from the Prince Charles, features Grenadian culture and history through the imaginative voices of our youth.

Sally Ann Richards, Chair of the Education & Skills Group for the Diaspora Consultative Committee (DCC) UK, journeyed to Grenada for the launch and expressed her pride in the quality of work that was produced by such young writers.

“I took this book, when it was being edited, to a number of my colleagues at the university where I teach and they were surprised that 8 year olds and 9 year olds in Grenada had the imagination, the thought, and the writing skills to write some of these works,” Ms. Richards said.

Ms. Richards was also pleased that “Ah Tell Yuh” was the first book of its kind to be launched, not only in Grenada, but in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Hon. Anthony Boatswain, commended the students on their milestone achievement as writers. The Education Minister also drew reference to the accomplishments of avid young reader Dean Bedeau, and expressed his hope for our nation’s literacy future.

“Our literacy and numeracy skills are at an all-time low in Grenada, therefore it means that what Dean Bedeau achieved and what you have achieved must been seen as beacons of hope and shining lights in a rather dim firmament,” Minister Boatswain said.

The Education Minister encouraged the students to continue on the path they have started and lead the way for the literacy culture of our nation.

Key sponsor throughout the process was the Grenada Co-operative Bank, also known as the ‘Bank of the Diaspora.’ Managing Director, Mr. Richard Duncan, was happy to support the initiative and said that literary pursuits are vital if we are to define ourselves as a people and shape our society.

“As the bank of the diaspora, recognizing that we need to leverage our human resources across the globe, we saw it more than fitting to associate and to contribute as handsomely as we have,” Mr. Duncan said.

The published works were selected from the Annual Student Stories & Poetry Challenge, a competition which aims to create sustainable participation in the literacy culture amongst primary and secondary school students of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

Copies of “Ah Tell Yuh” will soon be available on library and book-shop shelves throughout the tri-island state. Copies are also available for EC$10 at the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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