Children from Bagotville and neighbouring communities participated in an activity-packed fun day that included word and other games, when the Rotary Club of Stabroek and the Bagotville Community Library hosted its annual Education Fun Day at the community centre.
The activity was held in honour of Education Month, the Club said in a press release. Rotary also kick-started its literacy programme for the new school year at the event, the statement said. The children were treated to a day of fun educational games all geared towards helping them to gain a better appreciation for spelling and reading.
“Students quickly cycled through games booths with Hang Man, Spelling Bee and Word Unscramble games to gain points for each successful attempt at spelling a word,” the Club said. In the 8-11years category, Ashell Lynch emerged the winner followed by Charmen Giles and Zaria Parris, who placed second and third, respectively. In the 5 to 7 years grouping, Mark Pooranman, John Pooranman and Cassie McKenzie came first, second and third, respectively. Sixty-three children participated in the 8 to 13 years category and 19 in the 5 to 7 years category, all from La Grange, Bagotville, Nismes and beyond.
The Club aims to foster a shift in the approach to education and, over the last six years it has introduced a read and play project that is premised on the highlighting the enjoyable aspects of reading and writing. “…Underpinning this is the belief that it is easier to learn something when actively involved and having fun through sports,” the Club said.
In keeping with this, the children also participated in competitions such as hoola-hoop, skipping and hanging ball cricket. The winners in the said contests were Anisa Wilson, Nkomo Doris and Omari Harding, respectively.
Rotary remains committed to helping students improve their literacy and numeracy skills through after-school tutoring programmes for children aged 5 to 18, allowing them to explore their creativity and learn a number of life skills.
Club president Sharon Sue-Hang-Baksh and other Rotarians challenged the students to take learning seriously and encouraged parents to provide the best learning and education experience for their children. Interactor Club President at St Joseph’s Thea Tobin charged the students to stay in school and ensure that they achieve basic education in order to become productive members of society.