Education is the most powerful tool for reducing poverty, improving health and providing peaceful and productive opportunities for young people around the world. We wish to transform the lives of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Most specifically, we wish to provide children (ages 4 - 13) at The Batey Learning Center in Batey Libertad in the Dominican Republic with much-needed educational tools to help them in their pursuit of a quality education - enabling students to reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.
We will first research to determine the most culturally-relevant, age-appropriate and gender-sensitive reading materials, teaching tools and student manipulatives to increase the effectiveness of teachers to teach literacy skills and develop the habit of reading among children; and to improve the school environment to be more conducive to learning. We will then purchase materials to transport to The Batey Learning Center to build, create and assemble educational kits and student manipulatives, in collaboration with staff and students, so that they have a sense of ownership and hands-on involvement in their own teaching and learning.