Five months into the 2013 English Program and LIF is expanding its reach. After two successful units of English class to over 50 kids in 5th and 6th grade, this last month launched the start of the adult English tutoring program. Twice a week after the primary school breaks for the day, young adults gather in the schoolhouse with a La Isla Foundation teacher and start basic English tutoring, all aiming to increase English skills and self-confidence in education enough to apply for English classes at the local trade school in February. These classes will be co-sponsored by LIF and the trade school, allowing for the relationships LIF has with the rural communities to combine with the trade school’s experience in teaching and nationally renowned certifications. As the years go on, the Kids English classes will feed into the adult English classes, creating a group of LIF graduates truly ready to enter formal education and gain certification in a skill that will help them attain jobs away from the deadly cane fields.
On behalf of La Isla Foundation, the local trade school here in Chichigalpa, 50 young students and a growing number of adult students, I thank all of you who have donated over the last couple months. This program would not be so successful if it wasn’t for your help. Becuase of the generous donations recieved for English classes, the alternative education program designed to keep youth out of the field and therefor safe from the disease riddling the agriculutural workers in their region is growing strongly every day.
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