Over three hundred thousand dollars’ worth of books have been donated to the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development through the intervention of Jays Limited.
Macmillan Caribbean Publishers donated twenty-six thousand, three hundred and twenty books while Harper Collins Publishers donated six hundred books.
Chief Education Officer, Melena Fontaine said Hurricane Maria caused damage to all schools on the island.
“I’m sure you’re aware that like every other sector in Dominica, the education sector was severely affected. All fifty-eight primary and fifteen secondary schools were affected; some more than others,” she revealed.
Fontaine said in addition to structural damage, there was loss of resources and materials. One of the most basic necessities for students in the classroom she said is books.
“Books serve as valuable resource for teaching and learning and are important for both teachers and students to make better sense of classroom instruction. Hurricane Maria ravaged many classrooms in Dominica even those schools where the roof stayed on and took with it thousands of the books used daily for classroom activities; also, many students lost their books at home,” said the Chief Education Officer.
She expressed thanks for the donation saying that it will make the task of returning to normalcy post Hurricane Maria easier.