You are here

Changing a life

Published: 
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Have you ever thought of yourself as someone who could change the life of another human being? Do you possess any life-changing skill that you can share with others? You do! You can read! While this is not a unique skill it is an important one, and one that many of our fellow Trinbagonians have some difficulty with.

Have you ever noticed how often you read on a daily basis? Think about the advertisements and signs you read casually on your way to school, work or home. Everywhere you look there is text—on billboards, walls, buildings, even on cars and buses. How about the signs you read to avoid getting lost while travelling to an unfamiliar part of T&T? 

Think about the time you spend scrolling through your Facebook timeline, reading emails and text messages, or catching up on current events in the daily newspaper. Think about how enjoyable casual reading is for many of us, whether we use it to escape reality or to learn new things. 

What if you were unable to do any of these things? Wouldn’t that be scary? Well, that is the reality for thousands of people in our country today. The good news is that you can change that.

How? 

Contact Alta, undergo training and become a tutor. By becoming an Alta tutor you will be changing the life of someone who may have had a hard time learning to read when they were younger. 

You will have the opportunity to share the joy of reading with someone, while also giving them the gift of being able to better manage our fast-paced world. 

There are many talented people who are not able to flourish because they have not yet perfected the skill of reading. You can change this. 

Additionally, by becoming an Alta tutor you will be impacting more than one life. If you can commit two hours twice a week for an academic year, you can help six or more adults learn to read. 

Also, very often people who have difficulty with reading and writing have young children in their care, who may be relying on them for assistance with their homework, or to read and follow directions on their medication or to be introduced to the language of books by reading a goodnight story. By dedicating your time, you can change the quality of life for a whole family and the next generation.

As a tutor you can convert what for some is now a jumble of letters into readable street signs, newspaper articles and Facebook status updates. It will take time and effort for both tutors and students, but you can literally help to change someone else’s life. 

With 50 venues in different areas of North, South and East Trinidad, there is bound to be a class near to either your home or work.

Call Alta at 624-2592. Change a life today!