The goal of the Read to Achieve project is for Guyanese students to attain literacy skills that contribute to academic success. Literacy Promoters work at primary schools in villages and towns throughout the country to support the Ministry of Education’s literacy curriculum in Grades 1-4. They are in school at least 35 hours per week where they are supervised by the Head Teacher and work along with an identified teacher counterpart.
Literacy Promoters work directly with students through small group “pull-outs” and one-on-one student tutoring. They conduct literacy diagnostic assessments with students, arrange pull-out schedules and deliver literacy lessons covering the components of the Literacy Wheel, which include alphabet knowledge and sounds, phonological and phonemic awareness, and phonics. They also maintain records of the students’ progress to share and discuss with the Head teacher and staff.
Literacy Promoters also work with teachers to strengthen general teaching skills, as well as specific skills related to teaching literacy, through modeling of teaching techniques, participating in communities of practice and assisting teachers in developing appropriate classroom learning resources. Depending on experience, Primary Literacy Promoters may also have the opportunity to conduct technical trainings (workshops or professional development sessions) with the teachers at their school, as well as teachers from their regional cluster.
Outside of class, the Primary Literacy Promoters’ work-plan involves developing and or maintaining classroom/school libraries and training students and teachers to utilize this as a resource for improving literacy. Finally, they collaborate with their teaching staff and local Parent Teachers Association to increase community awareness of literacy and plan and implement support activities so parents and caregivers can help their children learn to read.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check