We are educating the next generation by opening up scholarship funds, offering literacy, training and career development programs.
• Enhancing family literacy: The majority of literacy interventions have been school based and have had less effect on the reduction of the cycle of low literacy and poverty in many rural communities. This program seeks to enhance the literacy of both generations through participation of family members in a coordinated literacy program. This program is designed to focus on the development of family literacy specifically developed for underprivileged communities. It will stress; writing skills, reading orally and silently, parenting and discipline, literacy in and around the home, public speaking, word recognitions and language experience.
• Support Rural Teachers: Rural teachers face many unique challenges, including lack of access to professional development opportunities, preparation for multiple subjects and grade levels, and multiple extracurricular duties. We will need to support rural teachers at all stages of their careers. It also means giving successful teachers more control over what goes on in their classrooms, and more opportunities to advance through career ladders, where teachers may choose to take on additional instructional leadership roles. They support making the teaching profession well-respected, well-paid, and results-based with real opportunities for lifetime career growth and development.
• Provide scholarships and grants for Entrepreneurship Education: We would like to create a Rural Program to attract and retain young people to rural communities. The program will make Scholarships available to students in colleges, primary and secondary schools who in return will be required to return to their respective communities to provide access for rural communities’ education and entrepreneurial development.
• Introducing Farms to Schools program: We will support providing locally grown, healthy foods to students as a part of the school meals program. This will both reduce childhood malnutrition and grow vibrant rural economies, supporting community-based food systems and strengthening family farms. We will support initiatives from the communities to undertake farm-to-school projects for food, labor, equipment, and local staff training.
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