June 2016           Volume 23                  Issue 2
Tutor Training Course 2016

‘A new look at life and learning’ is how one trainee described ALTA’s Tutor Training Course this year. The six-day intensive course which took place in Belmont, Arima, San Fernando and Grenada saw  over 100 volunteers being trained. This number was the largest we have had in the past three years. Read more...

We're looking for volunteers for our student registration this year. Every year we spend two days in libraries across Trinidad registering new students. If you can spend some of your time on Tuesday 6 and/or Wednesday 7, September, 2016 let Paige know!  624-2582 ext 227. You can also reach out to the registration coordinator at the library closest to you:

  • Arima- Mary McBurnette (347-7070)

  • Chaguanas- Cheryl Thurab-Prince (739-3527)

  • Couva- Noreen Brathwaite (741-1280)+ Karl Maraj

  • Mayaro- Agatha Williams (681-7683)

  • Penal (Shiva Boys)- Merle Chouti (352-5953)

  • Pt. Fortin- Lynette Frederick (371-3524)

  • POS- Judith Affoo (785-0600)

  • Princes Town- Myrna Jones (712-2548)

  • San Fernando- Olive Brizan-Wilson (335-2035)

  • Sangre Grande- Marsha Scott (688-3219)+ Bernadette Bernard 

  • San Juan- Andrew Neehall (389-0077)

  • Siparia- Jean Rahaman (362-1688)

  • Tunapuna- Marlene McNeil (752-1798)

  • Warrenville Regional Complex- Lilian Ramsaroop (378-8738)

Literacy on the field!
In May, ALTA partnered with the Trinidad and Tobago Pro league to 'spread literacy on the football field'. The pairing was long in coming, as Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene has long acknowledged that low literacy affects a significant number of athletes within the sport of football.Continue reading...

Click here to see more photos of ALTA at Pro League
Tech for Good 2016
On May 25th, non-profit organisations benefited from Microsoft’s Technology for Good Day, a joint initiative between the global technology giant, the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Adult Literacy Tutors Association (ALTA). Continue reading...

Click here to see more photos of TFG TT 2016.
Click here to read more about TFG TT 2016.
ALTA Online
ALTA continues its dedication to making the ALTA Online dream a reality. The team pictured above meets every two weeks (with some homework!) and is systematically chipping away at the technical aspects to ensure that the programming is sound, even before it gets to the testing stage. Currently, this involves finalising a seamless match between the workbooks/ teaching content and the behaviour of the programme. In other words, “have we truly asked the programme to do what we want?” Besides technical support and familiarity with ALTA content, assistance is also required in the areas of testing, marketing and recording voiceovers for ALTA Online. As always, we invite members and those in our extended network with interest in contributing to this project to contact Karelle or M’aisha at the Belmont office at 624-2582 and find out how they can become involved.

Anti-Stigma Update

Our Anti-Stigma campaign launched this month with our Open Day series and will continue next month with the release of our 'My Story' radio ads on stations across the country. The radio ads tell various stories of why our students came to ALTA. We hope that they have the desired effect on our target audience. Listen out for them and let us know your thoughts.
We have just wrapped up the production of our television commercial which will be released in late July. A big thank you to Pepper Advertising for their expertise and assistance with our campaign.
Join us as we save lives on Saturday July 9, 2016.
Spread the word and call us now to reserve your space.
Preregistration is advised.
Deadline: July 1,2016
For more information on giving blood click here.
Youth Lit Graduates!
ALTA’s Youth Lit programme is now in its eighth year! The programme which is done in partnership with NALIS aims to provide effective literacy instruction to students within primary or secondary schools who have literacy challenges which are not being addressed. Continue reading...

Student Writing: ALTA Spelling Programme

Throughout my academic life I struggled with feelings of inferiority because of my shortcomings. My participation in the ALTA programme has been a rich and rewarding experience. It has afforded me the opportunity to build self confidence. I can say that learning has become an enjoyable experience rather than one of necessity. I attribute my positive experience to the patience, willingness and respect shown by the tutors regardless of our level. Continue reading...



Saturday 25: ALTA Tutor Meeting Belmont (9am-12 noon)


Friday 8: Term 3 ends Tutors enter student evaluation and attendance online; award student participation or achievement certificates.

Saturday 9: ALTA's first blood drive. (9AM-3PM)


Sat 20 & Wed 24: Refresher at Belmont (Levels 1 & 2) 8AM-4PM

Sat 27: Refresher in South (Levels 1 & 2) 8AM-4PM


Fri 2 & Sat 3: Beginner training in Belmont (8AM-4PM)

Sat 10: Level 3 Refresher & Spelling Programme at Belmont (8AM-4PM)

Tues 6 & Wed 7: New student registration at libraries. 9AM-6PM

Mon 12: Term 1 starts 

Mon 26 & Tues 27: Registration for Youth Lit (age 9-15) at libraries.


Sat 1: Reading Circle training

Mon 3: Reading Circle, Spelling Programme & NALIS Youth Lit start

Sat 22: Coordinator Training (9AM-2PM) 


Sat 5: ALTA Annual General Meeting (9AM-12:30PM)

To all our ALTA tutors and coordinators, thank you for your dedication and commitment throughout the 2015/16 year - we are looking forward to seeing you in the next academic year!
To our outreach ambassadors, tutors who took the time off to attend Pro League games, those who assisted in the search for the next "Face of ALTA"...a BIG thank YOU!

Thank you to our Sponsors

  • Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited (Class sponsorship, Couva)
  • Massy Foundation (Class sponsorship, Westmoorings)
  • United Kingdom Women’s Club 
Why Read
Why do I want to read
Is it a want or more of a need
 School makes the adult it is said
But life did not allow me school halls to tread
 While I learned early other ways to succeed
So many things were lost indeed
 Now I am grown with responsibilities filling my head
I look back and wish I made better choices instead
 As an adult I feel compelled to learn to read
ALTA’s help in this quest is what I plead
 Each class is like being fed
But words to feed my head instead
  Every word I learn is a single bead
Forming strands upon which I will be freed
By: David Shim
This year we decided to have an Open Day series! The series which is running presently will end on Friday June 17, 2016. We did this to ensure members of the public would have adequate time to sit in on an ALTA class to see what it is all about. If you know anyone who is interested in or may need ALTA tell them about our Open Day series and encourage them to attend a class.
See Open Day venue listing here!
We have to thank CL Communications and Pepper Advertising for their assistance with disseminating our Open Day messages and our ALTA coordinators and tutors for their assistance throughout the series.

The Citizen Security Programme (CSP) is an IDB funded initiative run under the auspices of the Ministry of National Security which aims to significantly impact the instance of violent crime in known “hot spots” across Trinidad and Tobago by contracting the expertise of NGOs to deliver impactful programmes targeted to at-risk communities. As ALTA’s engagement with CSP comes to an end, we look back at the process.
Continue reading...
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