Jamaica: Students to get culturally relevant books

Some 700 literacy care packages, inclusive of 500 books with black girls and people of colour as the main characters, will be donated to students in Jamaican primary schools during Education Week, May 3 to 7.

President of GrassROOTS Foundation and mother of teen activist Marley Dias, Dr Janice Johnson Dias, will return to Jamaica for the handover.

The gift is made possible by donors Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, and American disc jockey Derrick ‘D-Nice’ Jones.

On March 18, the team held an Instagram Live event featuring the new BatGirl, Javicia Leslie, and Marley Dias.

After raising over US$5,000 from donor-participants, Mosseri and Jones matched the funds, bringing the total raised to over US$17,000 to support the foundation’s project.

With the help of JetBlue and the Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), the books will be distributed to 12 primary schools and community groups across the island in time for Read Across Jamaica Day on May 4.


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