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Feb 13, 2013

Restore Belize helps to build literacy

Computer skills are a must have in today’s work or school environment. If you have been left behind or simply want to acquire the know- how, Restore Belize in collaboration with the Embassy of Taiwan has launched a computer literacy program. The program is inclusive of all ages and participants simply have to have the aptitude to acquire new skills. But before that kicks in, trainers were exposed this morning to how the system works.  News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

A two and a half day training on a computer assisted literacy solution program funded by Restore Belize and the Government of Taiwan started this morning. The training will prep teachers, moderators and coordinators on how the program works and is designed to help students of all ages, to learn the foundations of Math and English.

 

Randy Boissonnault

Randy Boissonnault, Executive Director, Literacy Without Borders

“The program is very easy. Six year olds to ninety-six year olds could use the program. It can be for struggling readers, people that want to improve their reading skills or get their math skills up to the grade level. We are talking both students who are using these programs after school or adults who want to raise their skill levels. So once you sit down at the computer and you get acquainted with the keyboard and the little character starts talking to you, then you do a pretest and the computer automatically decides what level you are at. And it starts putting exercises in front of you and you are launched; away you go.”

 

The participants are from various agencies that target at risk youths and adults. Today, at the National Resource Center for Inclusive Education, the teachers and leaders received a crash course which they will put to use when sharing their knowledge with target groups. Marco Chable of the Kolbe Foundation and Alma Eiley of Egler’s Training Center for Women and Families say that the over a hundred youths will benefit.

 

Marco Chable

Marco Chable, Kolbe Foundation

“Math and reading is the problem in all educational institution. So the academy of math and English is going to assist them because it is going to take them from the level that they are and gradually take them to the level that we want them to be. For example, if a person is in Standard three and reading at a level of infant two. The academy of reading is going to provide that gap that needs to be linked. The Kolbe foundation has over a hundred students participating which will be broken down into groups of twenties so we can cater to all of them daily.”

 

Alma Eiley

Alma Eiley, Egler’s Training Center for Women and Families

“I am so excited about this program because I believe that the students that come to us at Egler’s Training Center are students that have needs in both literacy and numeracy. And this program has been established to help those students to move from the level that they are using computers.”

 

The program was possible via a donation made by the Taiwanese Embassy in December 2012. The computers and software used for this project are worth in the tune of three hundred thousand dollars.

 

David Wu

David Wu, Ambassador, Republic of China (Taiwan) [File: December 17th, 2013]

“This is the second time that my embassy that once again we continue to support the very significant Restore Belize Project by donating these one hundred computers. But this time, it is even more significant, the software provided by our partners. These software and computers will be used for computer assisted learning for the children and their families here in Belize.”

 

According to Restore Belize follow up workshops will be done. Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “Restore Belize helps to build literacy”

  1. Storm says:

    Sounds like a good program — computer literacy for the entire nation will be the key to keeping up with the modern world economy. Thanks to Taiwan for supporting this program.

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