The Philipsburg Jubilee Library in collaboration with, the Community Outreach Mentorship & Empowerment International Center (COME), the Rotaract Club of St. Maarten Sunrise, the Rotary Club St. Martin Sunrise, and Sint Maarten National Commission for UNESCO, embarked on a Literacy Awareness Campaign called “ SXM Reads”.
 
The aim of this campaign is not only to raise awareness in the community, but also to bring forward their concerns regarding illiteracy on the island.
 
International Literacy month was celebrated on September 8th, 2015. 
 
The Philipsburg Jubilee Library in collaboration with, the Community Outreach Mentorship & Empowerment International Center (COME), the Rotaract Club of St. Maarten Sunrise, the Rotary Club St. Martin Sunrise, and Sint Maarten National Commission for UNESCO, embarked on a Literacy Awareness Campaign called “ SXM Reads”.
 
The aim of this campaign is not only to raise awareness in the community, but also to bring forward their concerns regarding illiteracy on the island.
 
The commencement of the literacy awareness campaign initiative took place on Friday September 11th, 2015 with guest speaker Jenny Fraai from Curacao. Ms. Fraai, President of the foundation Pro Alfa, has dedicated more than 25 years to the advancement of literacy in Curacao. In her speech, Ms. Fraai spoke of persons whose lives have been improved by the efforts of the literacy program Pro Alfa. She gave an example of an owner of a contracting company who was unable to write out his own checks, and therefore only signed them. Once he was able to read, the contractor became aware that the person who was helping him was also stealing from him.
 
Towards the end of the evening, a testimonial was given by a gentleman who attended literacy classes at the COME Center. He was happy that his wife encouraged him to take the reading classes because he is now able to read to his children and help them with their homework.  
 
On Saturday September 12, 2015, Jenny Fraai and Maureen Yeung from Pro Alfa gave a workshop. In this workshop they gave some strategies which can be used to help build and strengthen the literacy level of the relevant persons.
 
This Saturday September 19th, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., SXM Reads continues the awareness campaign by showing the movie “The Reading Room” at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library. The movie is about raising literacy awareness in the neighbourhood . It will then be followed by a panel discussion regarding literacy on Sint Maarten. 
 
The last activity for the month of September will be “Reading and Learning in the Park”. This will be held on Saturday September 26, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. at the Emilio Wilson Park.  This activity, which will be organized by the Rotaract Club of Sint Maarten Sunrise, will be fun and interactive with various activities such as storytelling, decorating cupcakes, creating musical instruments and many other activities.
 
Evident by the motto “Building a Strong Literate Community,” the aim of SXM Reads is to promote literacy; and by promoting literacy, SXM Reads will transform the lives of many.