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Thursday, December 05, 2013
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ALTA, transforming lives and building T&T
There are individuals and institutions that go about the task of making T&T a better society without much trumpet-blowing. One such group is the Adult Literacy Tutors Association, ALTA. Typically, when ALTA comes forward into the spotlight, it is to search for and invite potential students, who are not now able to read and write, to sign up for another season of learning.
Special congratulations are due to the dozens of tutors who volunteer their time and talents to fill the gap left by the education and social systems, and have done so for the 21 years of the organisation’s existence. It is well known that there are many students who are in the formal system but for a variety of reasons—including learning difficulties, dysfunctional families and an education system with serious limitations—simply cannot cope with the curriculum.
Many such adolescents and adults end their school days unable to read and write and are severely limited in their careers and earning potential. Worse yet, they find it difficult, frustrating and at times embarrassing to function in social, business and other kinds of settings.
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