Eighteen thousand pounds’ worth of text material for primary and secondary schools has been donated to the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development.
The donation, made by Hodder Education at the Newtown Primary School on Wednesday 23 May 2018, is as a result of a recently established relationship between the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development and Hodder Education.
Hodder Education, based in the United Kingdom, is a market-leading publisher of educational resources which provides a wide range of innovative print and digital services, supporting the curriculum in almost every subject area and at every level. They sell textbooks, E-Textbooks and digital services to over 140 countries worldwide.
“This all started first after the devastating Hurricane Maria,” Business Development Executive for Hodder Education, Marquita Celestine stated during the presentation ceremony.
“My colleagues and I got together immediately after the storm, wanting to do something, trying to figure out how we could help; we knew we had to do our part, as Dominica is a part of us,” Celestine said.
Hodder Education therefore contacted the Ministry and expressed desire to donate books to Dominican students. According to Celestine, they were advised that the damage to school property and material was immense, thus the Ministry would welcome whatever support it can offer.
“So we responded to the need, and we at Hodder Education feel very grateful to be able to do our part in the rebuilding of Dominica, by donating an estimate of eighteen thousand pounds worth of school books to the students of Dominica,” Celestine informed.
She added that Hodder Education, which is part of the Hatchet Group UK, has been working with school, teachers, and students for over fifty years.
“As such we consider ourselves partners with the Ministry of Education, as we work towards a mutual goal of providing education to students, to help equip them with the skills they need to progress and succeed; like you, providing education through innovation and quality resources is our focus,” Celestine noted.
Additionally, Celestine commended Dominican students for the resilience they have shown during the challenging post Hurricane Maria period and encouraged them to “keep that spirit of resilience and tenacity, and never succumb to whatever difficulties that may try to hold you from going to school”.
“I personally am a believer that education can change a person’s fate. I sincerely hope that all of you will full concentrate on your studies and set your high targets. I wish you much success as you work towards achieving excellence at school,” Celestine added.