Things are slowly returning to normal in the local school system which has meant that we have had a sudden expansion in the number of schools we are working with from 2 in September to 7 in October which is very pleasing but has also brought challenges like having to split the team into two in order to be able to work with two schools simultaneously. Whilst challenging, it has also offered an opportunity for a couple of the young people who have been with us since the beginning of the year, Ryan and Pedro, to take on leadership roles, being responsible for delivery in one school whilst Stephanie, the coordinator, is with another group in a different school.
We can also track the change in the numbers: this past month of October, 198 sessions were delivered by the 26 reading mediators working in pairs. At the beginning of the month, classes were restricted in size so on average there were 10 to 14 children in each session; in the second half of the month, with the loosening of restrictions, class sizes were up to between 20 and 22 and we are very pleased that from November 3rd, full classes of 30 students will be back.
We are receiving very positive feedback from the children and school teachers and are very glad to be a part of the important work of recuperating education post pandemic and helping children to re-engage with their learning which will be so important to them in the future. In October, we delivered sessions to 2692 children and in November we sincerely hope to reach even more.
We are immensely grateful for the continued support from all of you which enables us to do this important work in our community.
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