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Oct 6, 2020

Department of Youth Services Helps Students with Distance Learning

Primary and high schools have reopened and students are at home learning virtually.  The new form of learning is posing challenges since not all the young students have access to internet or tablets and others need guidance to stay focused.  So the Department of Youth Services is reaching out to those young minds that need help.  DYS is providing support to a group of young students to ensure that they complete their school work. Here is Hipolito Novelo with a report.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

As primary school students enter their second month of distance learning and high schools reopen for paper based learning, many students across the country either do not have the equipment to work on or the support at home is lacking.  The Department of Youth Services is making an effort to reach as many students who need the assistance by providing resources and guidance.


Renata Samuels

Renata Samuels, Communications Officer, Department of Youth Services

“Well you always know that the Department of Youth Services provides recourses for young people to come and access especially right now in COVID and the distance learning and a lot of people don’t have access to a tablet or computer, some don’t even have access to a phone and there is a lot of parents that are not able to help the young people in the time of learning.”


So the department is taking these students under its wings, partnering them with qualified youth officers who would ensure that the school work is completed properly.


Renata Samuels

“So what the Department of Youth Services is doing is providing a space for a lot of these young people. So every single room we have across the entire department is taken up. We have social distancing and we have youth officers that are trained, able to do that one and one time with the young people and teach them the basics on their math and English. S they bring in their course works and we complete it with them throughout the week. So they have access to everything, the computer, the internet and if they need any necessary held we help them.”


The department is currently assisting twenty students divided into two segments and among then is about a dozen youth officers who have found passion assisting the students.


Renata Samuels

“These students are across the villages, they are from out district. We have a couple of out district and we also just have them in the –at- risk youth area Southside, north side, any young people. We got them from the Ministry of Education. So they are wide spread. They are the young people that really needed the assistance and of course we are prone in helping our young people.  They actually love the idea of having young people here, taking that extra step. Some of them have come up with ideas how to do multiplication, how we can do little games with them in the morning and so forth. Giving them little snacks to keep them incentivized to keep them going and pushing them and so forth. It is a really fun experience to be able to help shape the education system and the young people’s mind in our society.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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