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Literacy Program Initiatives

Project Title: Improving Young Lives

This project strives to improve young lives by delivering to eligible students a high-quality education utilizing comprehensive, evidence-based strategies of teaching and learning to enhance their reading, writing and mathematical skills. The project will also be designed to maximize children’s performance on national, standardized examinations, thereby preparing them for early access to high-performing secondary schools and advanced education. The project will utilize a curriculum developed by a Consultant, based on core competencies as defined by the national Ministry of Education. Funding is requested for human resource time, supplies and materials to deliver the program in the most effective and efficient manner.
Specific objectives of the project include:

  • Objective 1: To review and revise a Grade 4 and Grade 6 curriculum and related assessment tools in conjunction with focus groups and the selected pilot school — Mocha Primary School — to determine content areas and methodologies in need of refinement within the curriculum and associated measurement tools.
  • Objective 2: To select and train Mocha community-based teachers in specific knowledge, attitudes and skills that will enable their delivery of stage-tailored curriculum for Grades 4 and 6.
  • Objective 3: To examine the impact of the integrated curriculum on literacy rates and national examination results among economically disadvantaged children attending the Mocha Primary School.
  • Objective 4: To identify and refer for relevant intervention, any children assessed with learning disabilities and those exposed to emotional and physical abuse.

Mocha-Arcadia is a village of approximately 6,000 residents located on the East Bank of Demerara with an average household income of US$1,800 a year. Re-commissioned in 1999, the Mocha Primary School has a current enrollment of 206 students in Grades One through Six, each class consisting of 20-35 students. In the past, Mocha Primary School had consistently demonstrated below-average performance on Guyana’s Grade Two, Grade Four and Grade Six Examinations, with 33% of all students failing in national standardized tests. To remedy this history of poor academic performance, the Improving Young Lives Project will provide the children in this community with additional educational resources to improve their literacy, writing and mathematical skill sets.

A pilot version of this project is currently underway, with an enrollment of 100 Mocha Primary School students from Grades 4 – 6. The program is supported by a community partnership involving the Mocha Primary School, Mocha Organization and the Mocha Village Council. In addition to their overall academic performance, participating students will be evaluated to identify any personal weaknesses that may require individualized attention. Students identified with learning disabilities will be referred to our partnering organization Blossom Inc., for the relevant intervention.

Monitoring and Post-Evaluation assessments of the project will also be conducted. These assessments will include the administering of internal exams to test the participating students’ level of improvement, in conjunction with their actual school assessment scores, and the National Grade Six Assessment scores. The project will be executed on a weekly basis; selected teachers will work with students on Saturdays from 9AM to Noon, and upon completion of each weekly session, snacks and drinks will be provided to students.

Our ability to implement this and similar life-improvement initiatives for children in need relies heavily on your financial assistance and other forms of support. To continue supporting us and providing these children with the opportunity to realize their full potential and a more secure future, please make a tax-deductible contribution to the H.E.R.O Education Program using the link below.

We thank you in advance for your generous support.