The work of the Peace Corps

U.S . Peace Corps Week will be celebrated in Grenada from February 23 – March 1.

Peace Corps Week celebrates President John F. Kennedy’s (JFK) – the 35th President of the United States – establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961 (53 years ago).

During this annual event, the Peace Corps community celebrates all the ways that Peace Corps make a difference in the world and its commitment to service.

The goal of Peace Corps is to promote international peace and understanding by:

. providing trained man and women to interested countries

. promoting a better understanding of Americans by the peoples served

. and promoting a better understanding of peoples served by Americans

A release from the organisation said that this year, Peace Corps Grenada “invites the public to help us to share our story of service to Grenada since our first Volunteers were invited here in 1967 (some 47 years ago)”.

Since that time Volunteers have worked with, Schools, Communities, Government Ministries, Non-Governmental Organisations, Community Based Organisations and Development Agencies to assist Grenada in the areas of Education, Health, Community Development, Institutional Development, Youth Development, HIV Aids, Special Education, Information Technology, Extracurricular Activities and Sports.

Beginning later this year, the Peace Corps will team up with the Ministry of Education to tackle the issue of Literacy in schools.

All Peace Corps Volunteers will be assigned to a literacy project at a primary school to ensure that students entering secondary schools have the requisite literacy skills and competencies for a secondary school education.

All over the world Peace Corps Volunteers work with local counterparts to address issues of concern to the communities they serve.

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