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The Rotary Club of Dominica has secured the endorsement of the Ministry of Education to hold the 2013 National Quiz Competition for students in the first and second forms of secondary schools during the Rotary International Literacy Month. The RI Literacy Month falls in March each year.
This is the Club’s signature project to associate with the Rotary International efforts worldwide at acknowledging the importance of literacy in advancing human development and national cohesion, while contributing to the initiatives for international peace and understanding.
Since 1985 the international organization has promoted literacy worldwide in a full range of activities that benefited the functional illiterate, especially women, and students in formal schooling from early childhood to secondary school leavers, as well as teachers. The purpose of these projects is to assist governments in their efforts to eradicate illiteracy and innumeracy. But more strategically, RI perceives literacy as critical to the advancement of peace and prosperity worldwide.
The choice of literacy project, a quiz competition, was informed by the growing importance of stimulating active concerns in Dominica among our youth about Civics and Social Responsibility. As such, the competition centres on Social Studies (Geography, History, Government and Civics), but includes Integrated Science, Literacy, ICT and Mathematics. Topics will closely align with the school curriculum and will attempt to inspire and encourage students to read widely, and to develop understanding and critical thinking as they explore the knowledge and concepts in that select group of subjects.
The elimination process started in January 2013 with the ‘home’ competitions at school level and will be progressing to two zonal competitions which will be held in February 28 and March 01 and, then finally, to the national competition on 21 March 2013.
9 secondary schools are participating as follows:
The following schools constitute the Northern Zone: Castle Bruce Secondary School, North East Comprehensive School, Isaiah Thomas Secondary School and Portsmouth Secondary School.
The following schools constitute the Southern Zone: Goodwill Secondary School, Pierre Charles Secondary School, Dominica Community High School, St. Martin’s Secondary School and Convent High School.
Lime Dominica is the major sponsor for this event. The Rotary Club has also secured support from the Dominica private sector.
Last year the Dominica Grammar School was the winning finalist in this competition and is the holder of the trophy.