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May 21st, 2014

ARROW press release

 

UTC points ARROW in right direction

 May 16, 2014: It was unimaginable for 12-year old Terrelle Jack to get up and speak in front of a crowd, but on the day of ARROW Foundation’s recently held graduation ceremony, Terrelle mustered up the courage to get up on and address his schoolmates.   It was a moment he will never forget.

Terrelle praised the ARROW programme for helping him read and spell better. “It felt good, it was something I wanted to do for a long time,” he said.

ARROW, the acronym for Aural- Read- Response Oral-Write is a non-profit organization focused on focused on reading, spelling, dictation, speech and listening skills, which produce significant results in those who have learning difficulties. The computer-based learning also applies use of the self-voice—a recording of the learner’s own voice—which forms the basis of the multi-sensory learning approach.

The Foundation, which has a proven track record working with thousands of children in schools across Trinidad and Tobago, is viewed as a key partnership in the sustainable development of communities in which Unit Trust operates.

But the evidence of ARROW’s impact was clear from the exuberant smiles on the twenty children at the Pt. Cumana Government School. They all spoke of ARROW’s contribution in positive tones, about how it had helped them overcome their greatest fears about reading and writing.

By any standard, it was a big accomplishment for these students.  Driven by the vision and support of the Unit Trust Corporation (UTC), the students embraced the programme, boosting their self-esteem and confidence in being able to grasp the essentials of reading and writing. At the graduation ceremony, each student received a book, courtesy UTC, to enhance their reading development.

Rory Rostant, Communications Manager, stated “The UTC are strong proponents of education and literacy and ARROW complements traditional learning techniques. We are providing opportunities to support education, which is one of the main pillars of our many social investment initiatives.”

In addition to sponsoring the ARROW programme at the Pt. Cumana Government School, UTC staff spent time with the children to administer “Read Aloud” a technique that helps them to boost their reading skills.

Christopher Bonterre, Managing Director, ARROW Foundation praised the efforts of UTC in bringing the progamme to life for the students. “It provides us with the impetus to continue to meet the educational needs of the nation’s children,” he stressed.  ARROW’s focus is on remedial work in reading and spelling and assists students to overcome academic challenges by transforming their entire approach to learning, he said.

Suzan Mussio, a teacher at the Pt. Cumana Government School, expressed pride in the progress the students who completed the programme. “They feel good about themselves and have improved self confidence because they are now reading better. When children are able to read and write, they can engage others without feeling frustrated.”

Photograph Caption:

  1. Rory Rostant, Communications Manager (right) presents the sponsorship cheque to Chris Bonterre of ARROW.
  2. Members of the UTC team “Read Aloud” to the kids.
  3. Students proudly display their ARROW certificates, courtesy the Unit Trust Corporation.

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