The World Bank has commended the Ministry of Education on the launch of the Atlantic Readers Series, the local book series designed for students in Grades One to Six.

The completed series comprises of six reader books along with workbooks and was launched at the Redeemer Primary School in Georgetown on Friday morning.
During brief remarks, Education Specialist at the World Bank, Ms. Ingrid Bjerke, said that that 53% of children in the developing world either cannot read or understand a story by the age of 10. She added that following the school closures due to the pandemic, this figure could rise to 20220131 16
Ms. Bjerke stated that children have the inherent ability to learn any language they are exposed to and as such, one of the e key elements to developing literacy skills is access to books and reading material.
“These books are designed to be appropriate for children in relation to grades and moreover are appropriate for the local context. Finally, the stories are designed to be captivating and fostering a love of reading is to support the children's progress in literacy.
As such, I want to commend the Minister of Education, the Chief Education Officer, Assistant Chief Education Officer and everybody else that we've heard from today, and everybody else in the ministry was part of this very important initiative.”
The Atlantic Reader Series is the brainchild of Minister of Education, Hon Priya Manickchand. The books can also be accessed on the Ministry’s website for free.