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guardian.co.tt Thursday, March 2, 2017
Today we have a short piece from Lauren, one
of our Level 2 students at our Harvard Club, St
James venue. ALTA students placed in Level 2
students can read and write, but slowly and often
haltingly. Their literacy level does not enable
them to read newspapers, fill in many forms or
read text related to their skill area. Read about
Lauren's ALTA experience thus far below:
"Just to know someone else is interested in my
education makes me feel appreciated and to excel
in my progress of becoming a better person. ALTA
is not only about developing skills in reading but
your personality is very important. Sponsors need
to continue sponsoring ALTA classes, give others
the opportunity I was given, they are our stepping
stone from 'I don't think I can' to 'I will pursue with
confidence and determination.' I am happy that I can
improve my ability of securing a positive attitude in
society by building a foundation of self-worth.
"Going beyond the call, the teachers are more than
teachers to me, they are my friends. In going through
the different topics, everyone is given the opportunity
to voice his or her opinion and contribute in some way.
ALTA also helped me to reveal my true potential and
hidden talents. ALTA has opened an account into the
Student tells literacy journey
bank of education for me, so that I can deposit
into it all my learning that in the future, I will
be able to achieve higher returns, in investing
in my studies."
If you would like to join the ALTA team and
teach adults like Lauren to read and write, you're
just in time! We have been recruiting volunteer
tutors since October 2016 and our screening in-
terviews for those interested end in the second
week of March.
The prerequisites to becoming an ALTA vol-
unteer tutor are a Grade 1 or 2 in CSEC English
and the ability to commit to teaching for one
Once you're interested, give us a call today at
624-2582 and come in for a screening interview.
The interview which is conducted by seasoned
volunteer tutors is an opportunity for you to
learn more about ALTA and figure out if ALTA
is a match for you.
You do not need to be a teacher or have any
experience with literacy, education or even vol-
unteerism before coming to ALTA. ALTA pro-
vides training for all tutor volunteers. Training
is done in April/May and gives volunteers the
skills necessary to deliver the ALTA Programme.
Volunteers who complete training will choose
a class venue where they will begin their year of
volunteer service in September 2017.
Join the ALTA team today!
Volunteer, Donate or Spon-
sor-a-student. Call 624-2582 or
email email@example.com for
more info. Keep up to date with
ALTA on Facebook, Twitter and
Instagram: ALTA TT
In the wake of Success Stars Pan Sounds of
Success Laventille Secondary School spending
an exhilarating week in Cuba in August 2015,
on a Laventille to Cuba...with Success Tour, El
Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba---a pre-
miere internationally-acclaimed Cuban Arts
Company---will visit T&T on March 4-14.
Since Success Stars has returned, a warm rela-
tionship between the school and Cuban ambassa-
dor Guillermo Vasquez Moreno has developed. So
moved was the ambassador by Success Pan Sounds
playing his country's national anthem on pan after
their return from Cuba, that he praised them, calling
them "a disciplined and organised school, and a model
school where teachers get full support from parents."
A committee under Nicholas Cumberbatch has been
busy mounting this exchange cultural visit, to include
workshops for performing arts teachers and students,
community groups, dancers, and choreographers.
A forum on Arts in Education---the Cuban Mod-
el will be offered for people involved in developing,
administrating and receiving arts education. Part of
this forum will focus on advancing the business and
career opportunities to be derived from education in
the visual and performing arts. There will be concerts
in Port-of-Spain, San Fernando and Tobago.
During the Cuban group's visit, Success Laven-
tille Secondary School will also open a new dance
studio on Monday, March 13, as part of the school's
Improvement Project which was launched by Prime
Minister Keith Rowley.
El Conjunto Folklorico Nacionial de Cuba will tour T&T
until March 14 as guests of Success Stars Pan Sounds
of Success, Laventille.
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