Turks & Caicos Islands Government (TCIG), Department of Youth Affairs Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Service scheduled to reopen the Little Readers Program on Saturday, 21 June 2017. 1pm – 2pm

The Little Readers Clubs are available on all the islands.

South Caicos

Iris Stubbs Primary (re-open)


Salt Cay

Mary Robinson Primary


Grand Turk

Victory Public Library - Franklyn Missick Building



Provo Branch Public Library 


North Caicos

Bottle Creek: Department of Youth Affairs Office

Kew District Public Library


Mr. Nixon Dickenson, Senior Program Officer stated; “The key to success is recognizing that these children are never too young to learn to read. Reading helps your child develop an active mind and overall self-awareness of the world around them.”

“Little Readers will make it possible for every child to be given the opportunity to develop a love for reading and learn to read well, by teaching whole-word recognition and gradually fostering phonetic awareness through the Pattern Phonics system.”

“Department of Youth Affairs recognizes the importance of continued investment in our young people.  This is another step in preparing them to compete globally at an early stage. Programs such as this have been proven to be successful and we encourage parents to support it. It’s also important to engage and challenge our children to continue at home and help develop a love for reading that will continue into adulthood.”

Any person interested in volunteering please contact a Youth Officer in the Department of Youth Affairs.  Listen carefully so you and your child can make the most of this lifetime reading opportunity.  Friendly staff and volunteers will also be on hand to make this a wonderful experience for your little reader. Ages 6-11. Please express your interest by emailing Jasmine Parker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mr. Nixon Dickenson, Senior Program Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 649338 5101. 


The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services wishes to advise the public of an increase number of cases of conjunctivitis in the TCI.

Conjunctivitis, also called "pink eye", is defined as an inflammation of the conjunctiva and can be caused by virus, bacteria or allergy. It can affect children and adults.  Viral conjunctivitis is typically caused by a virus that can also cause the common cold. A person may have symptoms of conjunctivitis alone, or as part of a general cold syndrome like fever, a sore throat, and runny nose.

Viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious. Usually, people catch it from touching something that has been in contact with an infected person's eye (eg, door handle, towel or pillow case) and then that person touches his or her eyes.

If you have pink eye, your eye (or eyes) might:

●Turn pink or red

●Weep or ooze a gooey liquid

●Become itchy or burn

●Get stuck shut, especially when you first wake up

The symptoms can last for several days.


The treatment depends on the cause. When pink eye is caused by a virus, the antibiotics will not help. You can use warm or cool compresses, to relieve the pain and irritation in the eyes.

Most cases of pink eye go away on their own without treatment, but it is best to see your primary care physician if you are experiencing these symptoms so that you can be treated properly. 

Simple hygiene measures can help minimize transmission to others.

●Adults or children with bacterial or viral conjunctivitis should not share handkerchiefs, tissues, towels, cosmetics, or bed sheets/pillows with uninfected family or friends.

●Hand washing is an essential and highly effective way to prevent the spread of infection. Hands should be wet with water and plain soap, and rubbed together for 15 to 30 seconds. Teach children to wash their hands before and after eating and after touching the eyes, coughing, or sneezing.

●Alcohol-based hand rubs are a good alternative for disinfecting hands if a sink is not available.

Persons with viral conjunctivitis must remain home from school and work to avoid spreading the virus to others.

For more information, contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 3382772

The Ministry of Border Control and Employment Reviews and Improves Passport Application Processing

The Ministry of Border Control and Employment recently undertook a review of the passport process in light of the numerous complaints from the public and their dissatisfaction with the process, especially the increased length of time being taken for the renewal of a Turks and Caicos Islands Passport.

The Ministry, this week, concluded several discussions with Her Majesty's Passport Office (HMPO) and the members of the Registration and Citizenship department within the Ministry, in which it was identified that the key factors impacting the service delivery of passports are the lack of dedicated resources to the passport processing unit and the need for further knowledge development in the various British Nationality Acts and their applications. While these gaps are the main contributors to the significant delays, it was further identified that a smaller number of passport applications are being affected by incomplete submissions of documents by customers.

The passport application process is two-pronged, with a local approval process prior to them being uploaded electronically to the processing site utilized by HMPO for verification of details and the final printing of the passport facility.

On Tuesday May 30, 2017, management within the Ministry undertook a reassignment of duties among the personnel within the Registration and Citizenship Department to increase the number of resources that are now dedicated to the processing of passport applications. This, along with the temporary staff that the Ministry recently employed, will assist in decreasing the backlog locally, while efforts are being made to organize the much needed training in the BNA and other HMPO policies for the overall reduction in the inaccuracies being recorded in the application process. 

While the Office of the Deputy Premier and Ministry of Border Control and Employment regrets the inconvenience caused to its clients in recent months, management remains committed to ensuring that there is marked and noticeable improvements in the processing of passports and the delivery of all services that fall under the Ministry.