On September 25, 2013, news of Early Lingo launching on the island was featured in the Fiji Sun, as featured in this article:
Early Lingo for Wakaya Students
September 25, 2013 | Fiji News | Posted by: newsroom
Primary students on Wakaya Island are in for a real treat. This was after Early Lingo, the award-winning children’s educational series DVD announced a partnership with the Wakaya Charitable Trust.
The Early Lingo program was officially launched on Wakaya Island on Thursday September 19, 2013. The launch was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Education. The partnership will see the provision of English language learning kits to school children in Fiji. This effort will provide students under the age of 12 of Wakaya and Toki, Levuka, with specialised learning materials. They will be used during the third school term starting in September. The intention is to expand the initiative to other schools in Fiji with the approval of the Ministry of Education.
Also in attendance were Caryn Antonini, the founder of Early Lingo, the teachers and students of Wakaya Island Primary School and the Wakaya management and members of the Wakaya community.
“In this modern age, our children will inherit a world where people and cultures interact more than ever before. This makes it all the more important for all children to be able to communicate in as many ways as possible,” says Early Lingo founder Caryn Antonini. “Our goal is ultimately to give as many children as possible the tools they need for the future to succeed in the global marketplace. We are thrilled to begin with the children of Fiji with the support of The Wakaya Charitable Trust,” Ms Antonini said. Early Lingo’s launch in Fiji has been made possible by the Wakaya Charitable Trust, established by FIJI Water founder and owner of Wakaya Island, David H Gilmour. The current focus of the Trust’s activity is on education for under-privileged children.
Early Lingo has created specially laminated workbooks and flashcards for the Fiji initiative, which are specifically designed for four different age levels: ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The workbooks are designed to accompany the 6-DVD English box set, featuring Early Lingo’s signature original characters, “Jojo” and “Lulu,” lively animation, live-footage, catchy music and vivid colors. Presented entirely in the English language by native speakers,the DVDs provide a playful, effective, authentic and natural learning experience, using action and word specific instruction, repetition and total immersion – no translation.
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