Commander of “F” Division (Lethem, Bartica and other interior locations), Ravindranauth Budhram, has launched a literacy programme geared at improving reading and comprehension skills of children of Byderabo, Bartica, Region Seven.
The initiative came as a result of a request made by residents for books and a computer printer to enhance the library and computer centre at the Byderabo Multi-Purpose Complex. These were delivered.
Residents said the printer will aid in helping students with their assignments and School Bases Assessments. At the handing over ceremony, there were 30 adults and 40 children.
A new youth group was also formed which will be monitored by a female sergeant. The group and community members will meet on a weekly basis at the Multi-Purpose Complex to be involved in meaningful youth-friendly activities.
Commander Budhram said 400 books and a computer printer were donated to the complex and knowledgeable residents committed to give one hour of their time at the library to help develop the reading skills of children and young people.
The senior superintendent reminded residents that police in “F” Division remain resolute in strengthening police-community relations.
Commander Budhram said education and a rounded personality are key to eradicating poverty and hunger.
“Education is central to development and to the improvement of the lives of young people, and as such, has been identified as a priority area. Knowledge is a key factor to the full and effective participation of youths in the processes of social, economic and political development,” he said.
He said research suggests that education reduces the probability of criminal behaviour in adolescence and young adulthood, whereas early criminal involvement is likely to have a negative impact on educational attainment.