This project will improve the educational quality and infrastructure of the Ann & Ted Kheel Polytechnic School in Veron, an underserved community in eastern Dominican Republic, through improvements to the computer lab and English class, improvements to the teaching capacity and methodologies of the school teachers, an expansion of the outdoor cafeteria and the construction of a small storage-unit building. 390 students, 11 teachers and more than 100 young adults will benefit from this project.
In the lab, there is a lack of computers to allow for a full class of students. In the English class, there is no natural English heard during lessons, there's not enough student textbooks, and very little diversity/variety in the lessons themselves. All the teachers' methods need to be modernized thru training courses. The school also suffers from an overcrowded cafeteria, and no space to store supplies.
The project will purchase 25 new desktop computers for the computer lab. It will also purchase a projector+screen for an improved lesson experience and repair current lab malfunctions. For the English class, student textbooks, listening CDs and class games will be purchased. To update the general teaching methodologies of all teachers, we will hire a professional to give training workshops. A small storage unit will be built and the outdoor cafeteria will be increased structurally.
More computers will increase the number of students in the computer class, leading to a faster rate of computer knowledge dispersion and and better opportunities in the students' future. More effective English classes will increase the students' skill and improve their rate of knowledge absorption, also affecting the students' future. A storage unit will help organize and keep supplies secure. A bigger outdoor cafeteria space will end the current overcrowding during student break time.
At this moment, the most-needed solution to improve the students' future opportunities is the quality of education by means of better qualified teachers, more computers and an improved English class. - Father Jose Toro, The Polytechnic School's Principal
Total Funding Received to Date: $90,200
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,800
Total Funding Goal: $95,000