Literacy Project ~ Esperance
In less than a week after being given permission to do projects, this group of Soroptimist Associates in South Trinidad (subsequently The Proposed Soroptimist Club Esperance and then Soroptimist International Esperance) planned and executed this project. They marked International Literacy Day, September 8th by spending time with the staff and pupils of Esperance Early Childhood Education Centre.
Studies show that children who enter primary school without good pre-reading or reading skills find themselves “left behind”; resulting in their inability to obtain the education needed for strong economic empowerment. Providing literacy based books, games and alternative methods for teaching pre-school age students (age 3-5) gives the school the necessary tools to allow these students to learn the skills necessary to confidently matriculate into a primary school environment.
This project involved:
1) Identifying the needs of the Early Childhood Education Centre,
2) Purchasing the needed resources,
3) The presentation of the educational materials to the school.
SI Esperance held a Christmas party to continue our relationship with the Esperance Early Education Center, advocating literacy by donating books, novelties, and treats to the school.
This project was chosen to continue our International Literacy Day 2018 efforts to strengthen the early foundation and reading skills in young children. We hope to instill an appreciation and love for reading in this highly IT stimulated world in which we live. We hope that this project will contribute to a decline in the illiteracy rate in Trinidad. Literacy is the key to future educational opportunities and future economic empowerment.
This project involved continuing our relationship with the Esperance Early Childhood Centre. We purchased and wrapped items for distribution, including colouring books and crayons to help students increase their fine motor skills. We sang Christmas carols. Food and refreshments were provided for the students and teachers. Photographs were taken and distributed as keepsakes for the parents.
Teachers have attested to the fact that the intervention by SI Esperance members has stimulated increased interest in reading among both children and parents.
Here are some scenes from the Christmas party.