The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), the philanthropic arm of the Saint Lucia Hospitality & Tourism Association (SLHTA), on Monday, September 19, 2022 launched its inaugural After School Program at the Soufriere Primary School. In attendance were parents, students, school officials and representatives from the SLHTA and TEF.
The After School Program is aimed at helping students from the Soufriere Infant and Primary schools attain grade-level reading proficiency, enhance reading comprehension and ultimately improve performance at national examinations.
The program will provide over sixty (60) students with instruction in Reading Therapy, Emotional Learning, Agricultural Science, Physical Education, Music (Steel Pan) and Arts & Crafts.
Mr. Kendal Alexander is a Counsellor at Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School and serves as the coordinator of the program. Said Alexander: “We recognized that a lot of children fail because they are incapable of reading. We recognized that if we bridge that gap very early; if they have the capacity to read and comprehend very well, then, of course, the performance in District Eight will be something that all of us as Soufrierians could be very proud of.” He thanked the TEF for providing support and urged parents to be committed to the program to ensure the objectives are met.
“The children are the future,” said TEF Program Manager Ms. Donette Ismael. “This program is our way of taking care of them and ensuring that they have the necessary foundation to be successful.”