Drop Everything and Read! (DER) The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development has issued this challenge to Barbadians from all walks of life to read a book, magazine or journal between 1:45 and 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8, which will be commemorated worldwide as International Literacy Day.

DER, (pronounced DARE), was conceptualized by officials in the Ministry as part of their commitment to encourage persons to read, and to improve literacy levels the country.

There will also be a Literacy Fair on Wednesday, September 8, in Queens Park from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.?? It will feature book stalls, an expanded careers showcase, storey-telling drama, and a teacher’s and children’s corner.????kmoore@barbados.gov.bb

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