(1/4) Today, May 4, 2021, is Read Across Jamaica Day; an annual observation as part of Education Week.
(2/4) In recognition of the day, I was happy to welcome some of our young learners from the Mona Preparatory School onto the lawns of Jamaica House where I read them the book, ‘My Brain Is My Boss' by Suzanne Francis Brown.
(3/4) The theme for this year’s Education Week is “Bridging the Digital and Social Divide: Transforming Education for Economic and Sustainable Development.” The objective of the day is to promote the significance of reading and literacy locally.
As part of Read Across Jamaica Day, I emphasize the importance of reading to our children. Reading improves brain connectivity, increases your vocabulary and comprehension, and reduces stress.

Read to a child today!

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