As posted on Facebook, a new initiative in Viaduct Foundation’s 2020 funding is the support of CAUSE Canada’s Peer Literacy program in Siera Leone.
From CAUSE Canada’s website:
“The program goals are to give intensive peer literacy training to 60 secondary school girls in the areas of phonics and basic reading skills. After six weeks of training by a Literacy Coordinator, they will be able to pass on their newly learned skills to over 2000 elementary school students. As a reward for participating in the program, we will pay the peer literacy tutors’ tuition and uniform costs for the school year, which will encourage them to continue their studies. Beyond the actual joy of learning and teaching, the peer literacy tutors will develop confidence and leadership skills and serve as valuable role models to the younger pupils.”
In 2019 Viaduct Foundation contributed to CAUSE Canada’s “Building Teachers’ Capacity to Provide Quality Education”. project in Sierra Leone due to the critical need to get teachers in the Koinadugu region of Sierra Leone up to minimum government standards. Due to the pandemic, when schools closed resources were redeployed to provide support for remote learning instead. As schools reopen we want to support existing programs that have a proven track record of keeping as many kids in school as possible.
The Peer Literacy Program has been designed to train older school girls to be leaders in their community while enhancing their own education and that of primary-school students.