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PM reads to children

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley reads to students at the Carenage Government Boys School yesterday as part of World Read Aloud Day. PHOTO COURTESY THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley reads to students at the Carenage Government Boys School yesterday as part of World Read Aloud Day. PHOTO COURTESY THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

THE Prime Minister briefly took time out from the affairs of government to read to children.

A picture posted on the Office of the Prime Minister's Twitter page showed Dr Rowley reading a book to students at the Carenage Government Boys School in his Diego Martin West constituency.

The PM's visit to the school and reading to students was in commemoration of World Read Aloud Day.

Every year, on World Read Aloud Day, people all around the world read aloud together. The objective is to share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people.

World Read Aloud Day was created by LitWorld, a non-profit organisation founded by literary expert Pam Allyn. LitWorld works with a broad coalition of national and international partners to ensure that young people worldwide can experience the joy and transformation of reading, writing, and storytelling.

On its website, LitWorld said, "Stories are humankind's greatest resource, and these stories are the key to creating social change." LitWorld's programmes focus on encouraging self-expression, build understanding, and cultivate confidence, using literacy as a tool and pathway for self-empowerment.

Later in the day, Rowley attended a sitting of the House of Representatives and participated in another Caricom emergency meeting on Venezuela.

He was part of a Caricom delegation which met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last week to discuss a peaceful resolution to the Venezuela crisis.

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