U.S. Embassy Commemorates International Day of the Girl Child

Santo Domingo, D.N.- United States Ambassador Robin Bernstein visited the Conrado Mieses school in Manoguayabo, to commemorate the International Day of the Girl. The school is one of 400 the United States Government is supporting through the USAID Read Project, implemented by a local university UNIBE, focused on improving literacy skills of more than 180,000 children in three years.

During the visit, the students recited poetry and songs to Ambassador Bernstein, who congratulated them for their compositions and invited them to dream big so that they could reach their goals. Ambassador Bernstein also told them to stay in school and expressed that “education is a right of all children. This is very important, because having a quality education will improve your lives and help your families.”

Ambassador Bernstein toured the classrooms accompanied by school principal Mauri Taveras, her daughter Julia Bernstein and USAID Mission Director Arthur W. Brown.

About the Leer Project

The main goal of the USAID Leer project is to improve reading and writing in children during the first few years of primary school, foster appropriate learning environments for students in the selected areas; establish sustainable partnerships; as well as sharing strategies for teaching literacy with civil society actors. The project components include reading and writing, inclusion of children with disabilities, violence prevention, community participation, monitoring and evaluation, among others. The program began in 2015 with a five-year plan to be carried out in San Cristóbal, La Vega, Santiago, Mao, Puerto Plata, Cotuí and Santo Domingo, covering a total of 41 educational districts.