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April 16, 2014
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Reading is important for the development of children

Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency (CDA), Rosalee Gage-Grey, has cited the importance of reading to the shaping of young minds.

"Getting children involved in reading from early in life helps to instill a thirst for knowledge and supports their development," Gage-Grey said.

The CDA CEO was speaking recently after she read to a group of children during the launch of the Western Union's I promise to Lend Encouragement to Develop Growth in Education (I PLEDGE) Programme and Reading Week, held recently at Ascot Primary School, in Portmore, St Catherine.

Reading Week, held under the banner of the I PLEDGE Programme, was observed from April 7 to 11, under the theme 'A Great READER makes a GREAT LEADER'. The event was officially launched by patron of the programme Her Excellency, Lady Allen, who also gave the keynote address.

positive impact

Lady Allen said that the I PLEDGE. Programme is truly a great initiative which has been impacting children across the island positively, citing all its components.

Updating on the progress of the I PLEDGE Programme, Chief Executive Officer of GraceKennedy Financial Group Courtney Campbell said that it has been making strides and has benefited schools, children, parents, principals, and teachers islandwide.

He said that, so far, Western Union has donated $10 million worth of computer equipment to over 40 schools islandwide for 2014-15.

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