Schools seeking grants isn’t news but chanelling the grants for innovative ways of giving back to society by improving literacy through unconventional methods such as innovation is quite a unique project.

Sion hill a school located in st. vincents part of the west indies grabbed the bull by the horn and took the grants given to support school-based intervention projects to join agriculture and learning to fight decades of literacy the school has been facing for some time.

The school was awarded with a grant of $8,400 from the early learner’s program to help inculcate a reading habit in students by developing a reading program centered around agriculture. This programmed progressed for 18 months and it helped early schoolers to engage in agriculture and in the process develop reading school using engagement. The whole process was structured around having students plant crops, record their stages of growth and have a journal entry that they referred back to from time to time and this process enabled them to develop a reading plan and also better their vocabulary.

There were occasional tests that were carried out for every stage of growth throughout the program and of the 36 student participants, 7 students were recorded to have attained the suitable reading lev at the end of the program. The excitement and genuine readiness to learn which the students approached the program with was what thrilled the teachers and instructors more.

The organization of eastern Caribbean states has gained a lot from this program with over 90 schools benefitting from the grants and well over 50 of these grants were directed towards improving reading and vocabulary development.

With these grants helping students better their reading and improving on learning, in general, it is a welcome development and a lot of other states in the OECS will soon jump in on the train. By the way, education is the best legacy you can give any child and inculcating it with agriculture is rather grand if we may say.