Trinidad and Tobago’s President, Paula Mae Weekes is encouraging this country’s youth to read more. Speaking at a rededication ceremony at the George Alleyne Library at Beetham Estate, on Wednesday, the President urged parents to purchase books for their children and read to them to develop their brains and encourage better reading habits.

President of Trinidad and Tobago, Paula Mae Weekes.

“The best gift is a book for which they (children) can develop a passion for reading. Take time to read for them. Make it fun,” said President Mae-Weekes, further advising parents who may have trouble reading to enrol in classes at the Adult Literacy Tutor Association (ALTA).

Reading Rockets, a national public media literacy initiative in the United States, notes that there is no more important activity for preparing a child to succeed as a reader than a parent/s reading aloud with their child/children. It is advised that parents should try to read with their child at least once a day at a regularly scheduled time. Click Here to learn more.