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#317956 - 01/10/09 02:14 PM Let's Learn to Read! adult literacy program
sailfish Offline
Hello everyone. Please let me introduce myself. My wife and I were in San Pedro before Thanksgiving. We really enjoyed ourselves. We were in San Pedro only six days so we met just a few of you. While visiting it came to our attention that there was a need for some type of adult literacy program in San Pedro to help those that have fallen through the proverbial educational cracks. Several people approached my wife with the idea of starting a program in San Pedro. My wife has been working on the idea for a couple of months now and things are starting to come together. She is taking a leave of absence from the literacy program here and we are planning to spend Feb. and March in San Pedro. Teaching literacy is best done One-on-One. We are looking for volunteers. She will probably hold class two or three nights a week at the Holy Cross School. A person could volunteer one night or all three. There is a method to this madness and anyone can help. There is no need for any sort of advanced training. Three different volunteers could each work one night and so on. I'll even volunteer to hold your stool until after class and any of the popular watering holes! We have no idea how many students will have an interest in this, but we feel like there will at the least be several and like I said, this works best with a teacher for every student. Please feel free to ask any questions or make any suggestions as we are shooting from the hip on this...thanks

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#317957 - 01/10/09 02:52 PM Re: Let's Learn to Read! adult literacy program [Re: sailfish]
collyk Offline
There is a literacy programme in San Pedro. If you'd like to PM me for information.
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#317959 - 01/10/09 03:04 PM Re: Let's Learn to Read! adult literacy program [Re: sailfish]
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Sailfish I just sent this post to our friend who is coming down at the end of January. Not sure if she will be here long enough but if she is would likely be interested to work with you.

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#320394 - 01/25/09 06:30 PM Re: Let's Learn to Read! adult literacy program [Re: collyk]
Shingles Offline
I'm the wife mentioned in the above post who is coming to teach literacy. I have emailed the contact you gave my husband, but no answer.

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#320395 - 01/25/09 06:47 PM Re: Let's Learn to Read! adult literacy program [Re: Shingles]
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Hi Shingles good to see you on the message board. smile
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#320410 - 01/25/09 09:04 PM Re: Let's Learn to Read! adult literacy program [Re: sailfish]
skippy Offline
I think I read a while back on here that the literacy rate in Belize was 98%. Seems pretty good. I wonder what the literacy rate in the US is? That high?
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#320413 - 01/25/09 09:14 PM Re: Let's Learn to Read! adult literacy program [Re: skippy]
pamkillen Offline
How is your Spanish? A big issue for literacy is that there are many people moving here from other parts of Central America and they do not speak English. This is also a giant problem in the schools.

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#320414 - 01/25/09 09:15 PM Re: Let's Learn to Read! adult literacy program [Re: skippy]
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
The CIA Factbook, whose source for this is the 2000 Belize Census, says that the Belize literacy rate for those over 15 is 76.9%.

The CIA Factbook for the U.S. says the U.S. literacy rate is 99%.

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#320416 - 01/25/09 09:17 PM Re: Let's Learn to Read! adult literacy program [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First]
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
I should add that the definition of literacy in this case is the ability to read and write. It doesn't mean literacy in English or any other specific language.

--Lan Sluder

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#320417 - 01/25/09 09:20 PM Re: Let's Learn to Read! adult literacy program [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First]
pamkillen Offline
The question with literacy, as you know, is getting people to the facility to learn. There is such an intense level of embarrassment regarding the inability to read.In the states, they are accepting ESL students in to literacy programs where there is room.

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