The United States Embassy in Bridgetown has provided a grant of $10,000 to Barbadian entrepreneur Gregory Skeete for Phase 1 of his Pilly Pelican Presents 50 series.
The educational books are targeted at children between the ages of three and 11.
Authored by Skeete, a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) 2016 Fellow, the books introduce children to critical economic development indicators, such as productivity, planning, productivity, entrepreneurship and leadership.
Skeete believes that introducing children to these concepts at an early stage of their development will shape their outlook on work, employment, and the contribution that they can make to the development of their communities and countries.
With the grant from the US Embassy, he was able to print and donate 100 books to two primary schools – St Paul’s and Luther Thorne Memorial – on January 24.
US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela attended the presentation at St Paul’s and read an excerpt from A Day in the Life of Axel the Ant, much to the delight of the young students.
She also said the US Embassy was very happy to support ‘Pilly Pelican’.
“Not only because Mr Skeete is a fellow of the prestigious Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, but also because his project aligns perfectly with the Embassy’s goals of facilitating greater access to education, better health, and improved opportunities for the populations of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean,” the ambassador said.
During the presentation at the Luther Thorne Memorial, Deputy Public Affairs Officer Gaina Davila spoke briefly with students, stressing the importance of reading and education as the pillars of development for young future leaders.