TALENT RISE: T&T author makes finals for IDB’s book award

Author:  Edited from CMC
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Trinidad and Tobago writer is the lone Caribbean entry into the finals of the annual award recognizing the early-childhood education improvement and innovation champions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

HatchThe Washington, D.C.-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which is collaborating with international artist and education activist Shakira and the ALAS Foundation for the annual ALAS-IDB Awards, said that Jeunanne Alkins had emerged as one of the finalists in the “Best Children’s Book” category.

“Jeaunanne shows children in Trinidad and Tobago that science not only can be fun, it can happen in your own garden,” the judging committee noted.

The other finalists are from Chile and Guatemala.


The IDB noted that since 2012, the award brings together the most relevant educators, children’s book writers, education centers and innovators who every year submit their nominations to the prestigious award, which consists of four categories, namely “Best Teacher”, “Best Center”, “Best Children’s Book” and “Best Innovation in Early Childhood Development”.

“In this fourth edition of the ALAS-IDB Awards, more than 1,200 high-quality nominations from 20 of the region’s 28 countries were received. This year’s finalists list was put together after a highly competitive process that included rigorous evaluations by a panel of experts in education, field visits and face to face interviews,” it added.

The winners of each category are scheduled to be announced on Nov. 9 here.