UG Rotaract Club wins international award

The Rotaract Club of the University of Guyana has won the 2013 Rotaract Outstanding Projects Award in the Latin America District for the Victoria Literacy Project.

A release from the Rotary Club of Georgetown said that in September 2012, the Rotaract Club of UG created a weekly literacy programme at the Victoria Primary School, East Coast Demerara that focused on teaching students from Grade 3 to 6, basic literacy and numeracy skills to prepare them for the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA).

The club members along with volunteer teachers of the school provided instruction on Saturday mornings in Mathematics and English Language, with the goal of increasing the reading, writing and comprehension skills of 30% of the students of the school to increase their pass rates at the NGSA.  The curriculum for the literacy project was developed with the assistance of the National Centre for Education Research and Development (NCERD) of the Ministry of Education.

The release said that the Victoria Literacy Project which received sponsorship from Courts Guyana and Scotia Bank, was one of seven singled out worldwide by Rotary International for honours.  The project aligned with two of Rotary’s areas of focus – basic education and literacy; and economic and community development.

The award will be presented to a representative of Rotary District 7030 on behalf of the Rotaract Club of UG at the Rotaract International Convention on June 21-22, 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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