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Wednesday, February 11, 2009 – The Ciceron Combined School has begun to develop a literacy programme, which is being explored by Grade Four teacher Anne Marie Papin. Ms. Papin has been successful in getting a donation of two computers from the Taiwanese Embassy in Saint Lucia, that will assist in the implementation of the programme

That programme, according to Papin, will help to remedy the reading and writing problem among the Grade Four’s.

“Over the past four years of teaching Grade Four, I have realized that students have a problem with reading and writing. In researching, I came across this writing strategy which is being used by many schools around the world. There is evidence from data collected that it is a very successful approach to reading and writing. I have tried some aspects of the programme and have seen improvement in the first term,” Papin said.

Minister for Commerce Hon. Tessa Mangal, who was the government representative at the brief presentation ceremony, called on the private sector to join the efforts of the Taiwanese Embassy in supporting education initiatives.

“They are not St. Lucians, they are only here as partners with us yet they have set the pace by donating these computers to the school. We call on the commercial sector to assist the school with the other items
on the wish list,” Senator Mangal said.

Education continues to be a priority area for the Taiwanese Embassy, whose resources according to Ambassador Chou, are limited.

“There are so many schools in Saint Lucia, so why do we want to provide assistance to the Ciceron School? It is because this school meets the criteria of our Embassy. Firstly, there must be an urgent need and secondly, a good management record,” Ambassador Chou said.

The Taiwanese Embassy has also provided assistance to the Women’s Support Centre with the donation of a desk-top computer. The computer was presented to Health Minister Honourable Dr. Keith Mondesir and Manager of the Centre, Marcia Symphorian.

Symphorian thanked Ambassador Chou for responding favourably to the centre’s request. She highlighted the importance of the centre to abused women and girls and encouraged people requiring the services of the centre to call the crises hotline.

“It is a 24-hour hotline, she said. You can get it any time of the day, and it is a toll free number. You just have to dial 202 and there will always be somebody to answer.”

Ambassador Chou offered to give the management of the Women’s Support Centre the opportunity to visit Taiwan some day, to piggy back on the vast experience of its counterpart organization.

“The Services provided by the Centre are crises intervention and short -term accommodation in a safe
and supportive environment, and this is why the embassy wants to demonstrate our support by donating
the computer,” he said.

The Women’s Support Centre is a government entity, established in September 2001.

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