Junior Assembly Ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann yesterday (27 February) joined pupils at Drumlins Integrated Primary School in Ballynahinch to celebrate their Book Week event.
The Junior Ministers were at the school to encourage the pupils to read more as part of a series of events held to celebrate reading in the run up to World Book Day on 7 March 2013.
The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. Participating schools are sent packs of book tokens and age ranged World Book Day resource Packs which provides teachers with ideas, activities and display material.
During their visit the Junior Ministers read to the pupils and discussed their favourite books. Junior Minister Jonathan Bell said: “As Jennifer and I have responsibility for children and young people within the Executive we can’t stress enough the importance we put on developing literacy skills. Books can open up a new world, they can educate, entertain and inform. I commend Drumlins Integrated Primary School for holding this special week, giving their pupils the opportunity and encouragement to read more and help them gain the knowledge and enjoyment that only a good book can bring.”
Junior Minister Jennifer McCann added: “Reading plays a very important role in helping our young people grow and develop. I hope World Book Day on the 7 March will encourage many children and parents to pick up a book and sit down together and read. Drumlins Integrated Primary School, like many of our schools, do a fantastic job in educating our young people, but they cannot do this in isolation. Parents who take time to read to their children, or listen to their children read, find this a fun and interactive way of improving their literacy skills.”
World Book Day is set aside every year to celebrate reading, books, authors and illustrators. It’s marked in more than 100 countries around the world and will be celebrated for the 16th time this year.