New Voices for Bay Islands Education
US-Funded Project to Promote Excellence, Deepen Community Involvement

April 30th, 2013
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Partners in Education Roatan (PIER), an island-based non-profit, in cooperation with the Tegucigalpa-based MIDEH (Mejorando el Impacto al Desempeño Estudiantil de Honduras – Improving the Impact on Student Performance of Honduras) obtained a Lps. 1.7 million grant in April from the US Agency for International Development to implement teacher training and community outreach programs for schools on Roatan and Guanaja.

Jennifer Mallman explains the objectives of the Voices for Education Bay Islands project at an  April 19 inauguration ceremony at Sand Castle Library in Sandy Bay, Roatan. The project is supported by a Lps. 1.7 million grant from the US Agency for International Development.

Jennifer Mallman explains the objectives of the Voices for Education Bay Islands project at an April 19 inauguration ceremony at Sand Castle Library in Sandy Bay, Roatan.

The Voices for Education project will  fund workshops and seminars for teachers in grades 1-6 on math and Spanish, stressing how to teach those subjects to the linguistically diverse island community.

The grant will also fund Red Carpet Awards to recognize the best teachers, students and schools at the end of the year. Local businesses are invited to contribute to those awards through cash and gift certificates.

A Community Involvement Center will be set up where people can find information about education on the islands. To begin with, the center will be located at the Sand Castle Library in Sandy Bay, but a permanent location is being sought in Coxen Hole. A Speakers Bureau will be established to encourage community members with special skills, interests and experiences to go into the schools and share their knowledge with the students.

A book mobile (currently a used yellow school bus waiting to be repainted) will travel to different schools on the island to lend story books to children. Teachers will be trained and encouraged to use the story books as a supplement to traditional textbooks for teaching relevant subject matter. Sand Castle Library is holding a design competition to paint and decorate the bus, which is expected to begin circulating in May. Book donations are welcomed.

A six-member committee drawn from the community will coordinate activities under the project. The first meeting of that committee was held April 19, immediately following the project’s inauguration ceremony. District and Department-level education officials also attended the ceremony.

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