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Screen_Shot_2014-01-22_at_8.08.06_PMAs educators and mentors to our children, success in school and life starts with literacy. When children become good readers in their early education period, they are more likely to become better learners throughout their school years and beyond. And in this light, a reading campaign model has been initiated in the Village of San Estevan in the District of Orange Walk.


School children from standard three and up are being engaged in a series of reading activities within their school and community. Jorge Gutierrez, brain child of the initiative, says the campaign has been very successful for the schools to promote reading within the student body, at the same time, teaching children about helping other children.

Jorge Guttierez– Standard 4 teacher

“After analyzing our results in PSE the performance of our students in school we realized that we have a big problem and that problem is reading comprehension although we have been performing well in standardized tests, I believe we have much more improvement that can be accomplish and I had the idea of creating a reading program in which we can help our students someone of those who has, this campaign that we are having today.  We had a parade for children day that included or had to do with literacy and we had several other things; we had a reading festival plan for May and we have set up a body system reading that it has started today and all is in an effort to ensure that our students improve reading and now the purpose of today is to bring the parents onboard, help them or to make them realize that reading is important and that they play a very important part in that aspect to help their children read, so the children are out today ensuring that to spread out the message that they are important in this process, that they are important to help them to learn to read and to understand.”

While it is a three way relationship among the student, parent and teacher, many feel parents play the most important role in the entire initiative.

Rita Blanco– Parent

“Nosotros como familia debemos de estar bien agradecidas con todos los maestros, aunque les estén pagando pero ellos están dando el tiempo al niño, no es así, el maestro quiere más que nosotros como padre de familia le demos más tiempo a nuestros hijos porque ellos le dan más tiempo a nuestros hijos que nosotros en la casa.”


Jorge Guttierez– Standard 4 teacher

“From my observations the children that can read or actually good readers are the ones that usually have the support of parents because we have some very bright students that even without the help of anybody they will always succeed but the majority that succeed are those that have the support from parents and those who cannot even pronounce one three letter  word are the ones that were never supported by parents, so I encourage all parents of San Estevan, not only San Estevan but the entire Orange Walk District  and the country of Belize that they need to start and become part of their children education, they sent their children to school and a miracle needs to happen there it is not like that, it is a three way process, child, teacher and parent.”

A reading festival is scheduled in the village in the month of May.

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