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Rotary partners with MOE to establish literacy program Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 October 2017 00:00

The Rotary Clubs of Belize and Edmonton, Canada are working in partnership with the Ministry of Education to implement a literacy program across 5 lower schools in the Southside of Belize City as well as 3 schools from each other district. According to Carol Babb, Chief Education Officer, MOE, literacy continues to be a national priority at the Ministry. Giving their priority, the ministry sought schools that were not performing at the desired level of reading. Both material and human resources were given to the school for the year-long program and by the end of June, there is expected to be some marked improvement.

At Wesley Lower School in Belize City, one of the schools that is a part of the program, there are 12 classes, 280 students from Infant 1 through Standard 1, which will benefit from the implementation of the program. In speaking with Darlene Lozano, Principal of Wesley Lower, the infant level is the targeted group to ensure a proper foundation. Although Wesley Lower School has previously been a part of a literacy program, this is the first time that the school has been involved in a program of its nature and the teachers are enthused to incorporate the resources into their teaching.

The program will take more than an enthusiastic teacher and that is where Dr. Rose Bradley comes in. Dr. Bradley works as the Coordinator in the literacy program on behalf of the Ministry of Education as well as Rotary Belize. She has been the hand, so far in the program, that guides the teachers in the direction of getting the best yield out of the material resources. So far, Dr. Bradley has been a part of two workshops, both of which the teachers of the participating schools have been parts of, and in those workshops, she has suggested the use of learning centers within the classrooms to engage the students.

Like MOE, the Rotary Clubs also hold literacy as a mission. Katherine Meighan, Representative of the Rotary Club of Belize, also believes that establishing a proper learning foundation can be the change that is needed. Apart from receiving support from the Rotary Club of Edmonton, Rotary International has contributed a global grant toward the program. Besides donating toward the program, there will be follow-ups in the schools to track the progress of the students.