Developing Literacy Trainers

As we finished one literacy cycle, the rigorous process of choosing young church leaders with a good basic education and ability to teach followed. Last year, after interviews, reference checks, and testing, 52 new literacy facilitators (with 10-20 students registered in each class) were chosen by our H.E.L.P. Literacy staff.  This year, we have chosen 72 trainers. We had to limit the selection as we do not have the staff or the funds to expand further at this point.

Prospective teachers write interview letters

for facilitating a H.E.L.P. class in a village.

Those selected to be teachers/facilitators in their village next attend a one week "trainer of trainers" class where they learn how to use the materials.  They are given materials at no cost, and given a small stipend for work away from their farms required to prepare and teach the class. Most classes are in the evening, after field work is done. Since electricity is rarely available in most villages, H.E.L.P. provides kerosene lanterns for light.

 

Our full-time staff visit classes, and local leaders periodically visit to ensure both teachers and students are committed.  Prizes are given for the best students.

 

After six months, if the class is progressing, they may continue for another six months.  For younger students, after 12 months some choose to enter local schools at about the fourth grade.  Final exams, as well as periodic assessments, are conducted.

New Literacy Facilitators holding up their candles
signifying their desire to bring the light of the gospel
and to open eyes through literacy.

 

 

 

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