At the 2014 Christmas Luncheon Randy had the pleasure of presenting his reflection (with an ode to Charles Dickens) to his fellow Rotarians. Embodying the ghost of Christmas past Randy shared with guests this story “The Paradox of Our Time and the Gift of Literacy”   Two years ago, thanks to a donation to Restore...

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@muddledYEG “Why is literacy so important to me?  Literacy – in its broadest definition – is the keystone that unlocks opportunity for individuals.  It matters immensely because research shows that higher literacy rates correlate to better socioeconomic, health, and quality of life outcomes.  In an increasingly fragmented world, literacy – the capacity to share and...

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We`ve been hard at work on the ground in Belize, promoting literacy training. Check out this short video and see for yourself what that looks like! Follow us on Twitter and join the conversation to find out how you can make a...

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Watch this great video where volunteer Executive Director Randy Boissonault explains why literacy work is so important and how Literacy Without Borders intends to make a difference in Belize. Follow us on Twitter @LWBASF for more updates!...

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  Wondering whats’s been happening on the ground in Belize in the last few months?  Literacy Without Borders has been supporting literacy in Belize and here is the latest: Literacy Without Borders Leads Training for Academy of Reading Expansion in Belize Based on the recent success of a number of Computer Assisted Literacy Sites in...

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On June 17, 2013, the Rotary Club of Edmonton chose Literacy Without Borders’ Southside Belize City project as their three-year international legacy project which will run from 2014 – 2017. This exciting new direction for the Rotary Club of Edmonton will leverage this Club’s proven track record of Inner-City development to revitalize community and educational...

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LWB is pleased to announce that an Education and Infrastructure Proposal for Southside Belize City has made it to the finalist stage.  This $500,000 USD proposal would begin July 1 2014 and run until June 30 2017.  Details on the proposal may be found by clicking on SouthSide Belize Proposal. Volunteer Board Chair Marcela Mandeville...

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Literacy Without Borders and Restore Belize are pleased to announce that training on the Academy of Reading and the Academy of Math is underway in Belize. Thanks to a gift from the Government of China (Taiwan), and the foresight of Restore Belize, the Government of Belize was able to secure 100 computers and a Master Licence...

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Check out these videos from our recent literacy training institute in Belize. Special thanks to Love TV for profiling us!      ...

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What a great wrap-up to our 3 day training institute! LoveTV and Radio Belize came and sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with us at our Rhymes That Bind training session and we were featured on the Channel 5 news. Read the article from Channel 5 below or view it here. Literacy Without Borders terrific work in...

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National Media Coverage

What a great wrap-up to our 3 day training institute! LoveTV and Radio Belize came and sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with us at our Rhymes That Bind training session and we were featured on the Channel 5 news. Read the article from Channel 5 below or view it here.

Literacy Without Borders terrific work in Belize

Literacy Without Borders is a Canadian Based NGO that has been working in Belize for the last year. Twenty participants received training in methods used to facilitate literacy in a number of settings that can turn out to be easy and fun. News Five’s Andrea Polanco stopped in on the last day of the workshop.

Literacy Without Borders says that literacy is everybody’s business. It is a fun and interactive process that starts from the home.

Randy Boissonnault, Executive Director, Literacy Without Borders:

“Literacy is everybody’s business and the birthplace of literacy is in the home. So if you’re a single parent, or you have two parents, an aunt, an uncle or grandma and there is a little one in your life you should be reading to them and if you don’t have a book nearby go about talking with them and ask them questions. If you’re making dinner, ask them questions about what it is you are making and show them the words on the packaging; if you’re making a grocery list use that as a way to teach them how to write a grocery list. There are so many ways that we can integrate literacy teaching in things that we do every day.”

Randy Boissonnault

Boissonnault says that the programme involves a three-pronged approach.

Randy Boissonnault: “Two days ago we did a models training in a particular approach to literacy using computers so we can do for example in a Youth for the Future Offices or in a school setting or a community setting. Yesterday was the principles of family literacy; so what’s the difference between family literacy or adult literacy? Why do we approach literacy from a family perspective and then today is another model that call rhymes that bind; so imagine moms and dads and their little one in a circle sharing rhymes and stories as a way to bond with the little one, as a way to do oral language development and as a way for them to learn parenting skills from each other.”

 

Even if you aren’t a student, Literacy Without Borders would like to help you.

Randy Boissonnault: “If we can help pre-schoolers get ready for school and get the students the literacy development they need, then by the time they are finished they can get the kinds of jobs that they want to get to lead the lives they want to have so that is why we are also trying to help the adults who might have fallen through the cracks and might be struggling with reading and just want to get to appoint where they want to lead their own lives.”

The program can be applied in any setting.

Randy Boissonnault: “We have a number of partnerships, for example, the Belize Sunrise Rotary Club, they are working with us and they want to do a Rhymes that Bind Program and the computer programme in the Port Loyola Library in Southside Belize City and we have some folks here from Cayo from Sacred Heart Junior College and they want to run a Rhymes that Bind Programme for their continuing English as a second language programme and they also want to run the computer model inside so we can do it in junior colleges; it can be in a school setting; a community center.”

Literacy Without Borders says that they will be working with their partners to set up ten-week pilot programmes in the respective districts. Boissonnault says that if the response is positive the funding will continue for the programs. The non-profit organization is sponsored by the UNDP and works closely with the Ministry of Education.

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