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Belmopan Civic Center to host first ever “Tek Time Fi Read” Book Festival

Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018. 8:00 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:The Belmopan Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (BJYSEP) under their new project, “Tek Time Fi Read” will be hosting their first ever book festival planned for August 4, 2018, at the Belmopan Civic Center.

According to a release from BJYSEP, the purpose of the project is to not only encourage Belizean youths and children to read more but inspire them to love reading as well.

Along with numerous activities and games planned, thousands of books will be available for children to win, purchase, exchange, or even take home free of cost.

The BJYSEP’s approach is that, “if the children have fun books available, they will start to think that reading is fun, and by creating an event where children not only play fun games but also get to choose from beautiful books, their hope is that the perception that reading is boring can diminish.”

The release reiterates that there is a connection between early reading and later success with comprehension, language development, creativity, and academics. Therefore, BJYSEP decided to find ways that would encourage children and youths to read more.

 BJYSEP realized that majority of the books found in homes were for school and that most children had limited access to affordable and fun children books. As a result, they contacted Elizabeth’s Books Across Borders and a sister youth group in Virginia, U.S, who were both happy to be a part of the “Tek Time Fi Read Project” and donated over 3,000 books. Waterford Institute Publishing, through the Belize Jungle Dome also donated 5 boxes of reading books.

After receiving all the books, it was then that the members started planning and decided that a book festival was the best way to distribute books to the children. Many companies and organizations came together to not only sponsor the event but to assist however they could.

BJYSEP coordinator, Heitha Beane explained, “Not only will this project have positive effects on the children in Belmopan area and hopefully spark the desire to read, but the young people organizing the event are learning invaluable skills and lessons about working together, organizing, marketing, selfless service, and thinking outside the box. As far as I know, nothing like this has been done before, so there is no example to follow.”

The BYSEP is a worldwide inter-faith, Baha’i-inspired program which is designed to help youths ages 11 and up to see themselves as agents of change and service leaders. The programs include activities such as sports, arts, prayer, music and community service.

Children and youths from the ages of 0 to 18 are invited to come out from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are encouraged to come dressed as a book character costume and win many prizes. You are also encouraged to bring books to exchange. More details can be found at http://www.facebook.com/BelizeReads.

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