October 2016           Volume 23                  Issue 3

Our 2016 anti-stigma and student recruitment campaign was a huge success! With help from Pepper Advertising and sponsorship from the Citizen Security Programme (CSP), our anti-stigma team planned and executed an integrated marketing communications campaign.
We are extremely grateful to the many media houses which assisted us with spreading our campaign across the nation, as well as our ALTA Ambassadors who enthusiastically agreed to not only represent us at outreach events but speak proudly of the ALTA programme during radio and television interviews. Continue reading...


To view our 2016 television commercial click here.

To view our student videos click here.
ALTA is looking for volunteer tutors for the next academic year (September 2017- July 2018). Interested persons should give us a call (624-ALTA) and come in for an interview. Tutor recruitment runs until February 2017. Please spread the word!
Click here for more information.


Fresh off their ALTA tutor training earlier this year, five tutors in Grenada conducted registration and began classes for a second year in September. The tutors have launched an organisation called The Adult Literacy Initiative of Grenada (ALIG) which is supported by ALTA.


On Saturday October 22, 2016 ALTA hosted its annual training for new and returning ALTA Coordinators. Coordinators ensure that their respective ALTA classes around the country run efficiently. Bernadette Nathaniel one of our new coordinators shared her thoughts on the training session:
"As a new coordinator, the training afforded me the opportunity to learn from more experienced coordinators who provided valuable insight into what it takes to be effective and professional. The session with Joanne with regards to the database was also very useful as sometimes, as a tutor, you do not explore all the available resources. The Reading Circle exercise was informative as was the session with the amended Book 1B as this will help with structuring  classes in a more efficient way. Overall, the training will assist me in carrying out my role as a coordinator efficiently and effectively."
For over 20 years, ALTA has continued to thrive thanks to the work of our committed volunteers and the passion of ALTA’s founder and CEO, Paula Lucie-Smith. This was clearly evident at ALTA’s annual tutors meeting, held on Saturday 25 June where over 100 active and newly trained volunteers came together to chart the way forward into another successful academic year.  Present amidst the volunteers was ALTA’s patron Zalayhar Hassanali and Professor Ian Robertson who gave a presentation on Creole English and the Adult Literacy Student. Continue reading...

See more pictures of the Annual Tutor Meeting here.
At ALTA we don't just teach our students to read and write but we encourage them to develop a love for reading! 
Many of our tutors and reading circle guides often encourage students to visit National Library and Information System Authority - NALIS and sign up for a library card.
Some of our Reading Circle students went on a tour of the Tunapuna library and even got their library cards. Here they are posing with their cards along with their tour guide on the right!


It seemed as though we just couldn’t close the registration list on Saturday 1 October when 47 reading guides attended the 2016 Reading Circle training. This was a record number. Guides poured in and enthusiasm was high at the session as they pledged to take the structured reading skills back to their reading rooms. Continue reading...
One of our ALTA reading circle guides in the East has started a Reading Circle 'Games Day' every final Thursday each month. Students have been quite receptive and are enjoying the games!

For more information on ALTA's Reading Circle programme click here
Update: ALTA Online
ALTA Online is progressing as expected, with the digitisation of specific elements of Workbooks 1 and 2 of ALTA’s A Programme. Elements are being grouped together and completed on a per task basis, incorporating content design elements from ALTA, the requisite programming code on the part of the software development team, and audio and video recordings meant to provide the user with key information as well as visual interest. The program is expected to enter the testing phase in April/May 2017. 
If you know any individual, company or school who may benefit from ALTA Online spread the word and have them give us a call.
If you would like to assist with the marketing of ALTA Online, give Paige a  call (624-2582 ext 227).
ALTA will be doing an Outreach activity at Massy Stores Chaguanas on Wednesday November 16 + Saturday November 19, 2016 in an effort to recruit more tutors for our Central classes! The activity will run from 10AM-1PM. If you have the time please volunteer to assist. Contact Cheryl @ 739-3527. 
The Chaguanas library reopened on October 10, 2016. ALTA classes which were previously held in the library will continue at the St Phillip and St James Church Hall until the end of Term One.


Arima (Tues) 25 2, 9, 16, 23 & Wed 31*  -
South (Thurs) 27 4, 11, 18, 25 1
Belmont (Sat) 29 6, 13, 20, 27 3

* Indian Arrival Holiday on Tuesday 30, 2017

Testing Testing 1,2,3...and?

“In many districts, standardized exam results have become the single most important indicator of school performance. As a result, teachers and administrators feel enormous pressure to ensure that test scores consistently rise. Schools narrow and manipulate the curriculum to match the test, while teachers tend to cover only what is likely to be on the next exam.Education increasingly resembles test prep”
There is no doubt that a similar situation exists here in T&T. The SEA pressure now combined with the Nationalized Standardized Tests in Standards I and III, filters all the way down to preschool level. It is now common for three-year-olds to be given homework every day, in order to “prepare” them for primary school. Read entire article here...
Article first published in the Northerly.

Saturday 5 November- ALTA Annual General Meeting

Term 1
12 Sep - 9 December 2016

Term 2
9 January 2017- 7 April 2017

Term 3
 24 April 2017 - 7 July 2017

Attendance reports should be entered in the database two weeks after the end of term.

Saturday 1 July 2017
- ALTA Tutor Meeting 

Our Sponsors

- Republic Bank Ltd
- Market Facts and           Opinions Ltd 
- Dynamic Air                     Conditioning 
- Peake Industries Ltd
- Los Hijos
A special thank you to all tutors and students who assisted with ALTA's 2016 anti-stigma and student recruitment campaign.

Bernadette Nathaniel
Jeanette Williams
Kim Belmonte
Lennox Austin
M’aisha Thomas
Garryn Ferdinand
Merle Carrington
Wendell Johnson
Shurmin Julien 
Gaston St Louis
Christian Rodney
Fitzroy Francois
Moen Juman 

Over the past months we have attended countless events around the country to spread awareness of the ALTA programme and recruit students and tutors. From Massy Stores to Trincity Mall and Frederick Street our ALTA Ambassadors have been busy!
If you know of any community event in your area which ALTA can attend be sure to contact Paige (624-2582 ext 227).

Click to see pictures from our Outreach efforts.
Learn more here.
Our first and hopefully annual Blood Drive was quite the success. Check out more pictures here. 
ALTA's POS West region has its very own author.
Read more here.
Registration for NALIS Youth Lit classes at ten libraries took place on 26 and 27 September 2016 with classes commencing on the week of October 3.

Due to the relocation of the Chaguanas library and other circumstances some venues conducted registration & began classes later than others. Overall 117 students registered to attend the 2016-2017 programme; 57 Level 1 and 60 Level 2 students. This is an excellent response. 
United Way T&T presents Carols and Classics on Steel. Tickets available at ALTA's Belmont office.
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Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 November 2016
San Fernando Hill

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