In her speech launching the national awareness campaign "Read with your Child," Crown Princess Sinaitakala Tuku'aho encouraged parents to read to their children every day. Tonga is the first country to benefit from the Pacific Early Age Readiness and Learning program (PEARL) funded by GPE and managed by the World Bank. PEARL promotes the development of evidence-based local interventions to improve school readiness and early grade reading. Reading at home has a significant impact on early childhood development, and preschoolers who read at home show better performance in the classroom.
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