USM Adult Literacy program off to a great start
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USM Adult Literacy program off to a great start

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SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - USM’s Adult Literacy Program (ALP) is off to a great start. Classes started at USM’s campus on August 16, 2021, with 21 excited individuals, in 2 classes that run from Monday to Friday. 

Each class is held 3x a week for 2 hours and will run for a period of 18 weeks. 

ALP at USM was made possible by funding through R4CR (Resources for Community Resilience), which is a program that is funded by the World Bank Trust Fund for St. Maarten and is geared towards providing finances for projects that support community initiatives, economic recovery, and government. 

Through this grant, USM now offers an Adult Literacy program to persons within the community. This program was piloted during USM’s partnership with the St. Maarten Training Foundation (SMTF), where adults, who could not previously write or read, were given instruction in the necessary skills. 

There are many adults in our society, who are literacy challenged. They are functioning with the help of family and friends but are essentially vulnerable and run the risk of being taken advantage of. Through this program USM is serving their needs by making them self-sufficient and functioning members of our community.

Acquiring literacy skills as an adult is not easy and learning how to read can seem overwhelming at times, even to the most motivated learners, but we at USM are committed to helping these adults with this issue. 

Participants in the program are dedicated to improving themselves through this course and are very grateful to R4CR for making this possible. They are enjoying the classes and especially appreciate the use of computers, which enables them to practice their reading and writing skills, as well as develop basic computer skills through using the software designed especially for persons with their disabilities. 

The Adult Literacy Program is offered under the leadership of USM ESL coordinator, Mrs. Corinne Lejuez. 

Although, registration is now closed for these classes, interested persons, or someone who knows someone who can’t read or write or has issues with both can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call USM directly at 542-5249 for more information on the continuation of the program in February 2022.

The current classes will end December 17, 2021.

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