Partners in Education - PIE

Rationale

Basic illiteracy affects all aspects of everyday life. Literacy usually refers to book and reading ability, but if one cannot read – it is difficult to live a full and empowered life. Therefore literacy can refer to functional literacy, computer literacy, information literacy etc.

Although statistics show a high rate of literacy in the Bahamas (figures vary around 95%), the general consensus at a recent literacy roundtable called these statistics into question.

However when there are no national surveys in place a common practice is to consider those with no schooling as illiterate and those who have attended grade 5 of primary school as literate.

Goals

To agree upon a unified way to increase testing of students and adults on Eleuthera, design programs and raise resources to implement the strategy. Education Enhancement Initiative (EEI) seeks to strengthen partner programs at all levels.

Purpose

To engage all partners at various levels of the educational spectrum to collaborate on a collective approach to address illiteracy.

Projects

CTI - Centre for Training & Innovation

Initiative: 
Economic Development
Partners in Education - PIE
Rationale: 

Nearly 50% of seniors at public high schools in The Bahamas do not meet the requirements to graduate with a diploma, and are instead awarded leaving certificates which hold no value. A survey of one particular high school on Eleuthera revealed that 70% of its students did not graduate in 2015.

In The Bahamas unemployment rose from 10% in 2005 to 15.7% in 2014 and youth unemployment doubled to 30.8% since 2001. On Eleuthera, where CTI is based, unemployment is estimated to be as high as 70% in some area, according to the Eleuthera Master Plan 2005.

We believe that these two factors (under education and unemployment) are contributors to poverty and crime. Poverty is correspondingly disproportionately high, with poverty on Eleuthera, reported in The State of the Nation Report to be as high as 20.3% against the country’s approximately 13% rate in 2014. 

According to statistics, education, unemployment, poverty and crime are all linked. Lack of education, can result in a persons’ inability to find employment. Lack of employment can lead to poverty and further result in persons indulging in criminal activity to meet their basic human needs. One Eleuthera Foundation believes that addressing the need for education, training and employment will, overtime, improve issues of poverty and crime.

Purpose: 

The Centre for Training and Innovation (CTI) is an education, training and business enterprise school located in Eleuthera, Bahamas. 

CTI offers educational opportunities for residents of Eleuthera, north, central and south as well as residents from other islands of The Bahamas.

CTI welcomes students who wish to explore the traditional heritages of Eleuthera, participate in and enhance cultural programs, develop new businesses, envision futuristic possibilities for the island and join forces with other stakeholders to contribute to the island’s continued strategic development.

Approach: 


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The Centre for Training & Innovation (CTI), was birthed from One Eleuthera Foundation in 2015 with the launch of a short General Maintenance course in partnership with Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI) and other stakeholders . Nearly 100 Eleutherans participated in plumbing, carpentry, tiling and electrical installation courses.

CTI is registered with the National Accreditation and Equivalency Council of The Bahamas (NAECOB) and programs provided by the institution are approved by NAECOB.

CTI is comprised of the school itself as well as a hotel, restaurant, farm where students learn skills on the job, and an enterprise centre that was  created to assist with small business (new and existing) development, capacity building , and expansion. 

A unique offering of CTI will center on providing students with coaching and mentoring to assist them with their educational, personal and economic goals. CTI is a place where students can grow and develop, and become better citizens; contributing to building a vibrant economy for the island of Eleuthera and The Bahamas.

Programs at CTI

Our desire is that students of CTI will be distinguishably different as they exhibit a positive attitude to life and a commitment to serve and participate in the ongoing development of Eleuthera and The Bahamas.

There are three distinct areas of influence in the CTI Program:

  • Training
  • Innovation
  • Personal Growth

The curriculum is designed to offer opportunities in one or all of the areas of influence. Students are encouraged to process, integrate and apply their learnings through discipline, reflection and planned interfacing encounters. A graduate of CTI will display the areas of influence in their lives by the way they work, the way they live, how they relate to others and through their involvement in their communities.

Learn & Earn Program 

Students enrolled in the Learn & Earn Program have a unique oppportunity. This program consists of participation in basic courses such as Math, English, Introduction to Computers, and Personal Development. Additionally, students are trained in a discipline of their choice which consists of classroom time and hands-on training on actual projects with skilled practitioners. A stipend is also a part of the program.

Courses, Certificates and Diplomas

CTI currently offers professional development courses and certificates in areas of business, construction and hospitality. Click here for January 2018 offerings. We are currently developing additional courses, certificates and diploma programs that will begin in September 2018.

Apply by clicking here.

If you have questions do not hesitate to call us at 242.334.2711, visit our office or email CTI@oneeleuthera.org

For photos and up-to-date information about CTI visit us on Facebook.

Collaborators: 

The South Eleuthera Mission

Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute

Special Needs Program at Tarpum Bay Primary School

Initiative: 
Partners in Education - PIE
Rationale: 

The majority of special education is only provided within special schools, taking children from a regular school environment. Within a regular school system, special students do not receive the special attention they need, affecting their behaviour and grades. 

Purpose: 

To assist in providing proper educational experiences for students with special learning needs without taking them out of a normal school setting.

Approach: 

Locate a school to launch a pilot program. Assist in funding a special needs teacher. Determine the practicality of the program and ultimately launch at all primary schools on Eleuthera once the class is deemed feasible.

Bannerman Town Library & Community Center

Initiative: 
Partners in Education - PIE
Rationale: 

The settlements of Bannerman Town, Millars and John Millars are perhaps the least developed settlements in the isle of Eleuthera. This collection of communities is comprised of approximately 105 inhabitants consisting of about forty primary and secondary schools students, and a number of young adults who are jobless and lack the basic skills necessary to obtain a job. Unfortunately, primary school students must be transported to school by bus approximately twelve miles away from their home and secondary students travel approximately thirty miles.

It is important to note that once these students leave their respective schools they do not have access to a library, computer, or internet service to assist them with their homework assignments. Furthermore, there is no public building where residents can gather to conduct meetings or socials within the community. Hence, the Association recognizes the immediate need to establish a community centre which will (i) be equipped with a small library and computer lab (ii) enable residents to hold meetings and socials as needed and (iii) eventually provide training for those who seek to build or improve their basic job skills

Purpose: 

To provide a space for residents, especially students to complete homework assignments and research as well as a place for community activities.

Approach: 

Stakeholders of the Bannerman Town community seek to renovate an old government building to be used as a library and community center. Upon its completion, residents of Bannerman Town will be employed at the center to provide assistance with homework and research and host various community and training programs.

A Shared Vision

The Shared Vision for South Eleuthera, which was first commissioned by Friends of Lighthouse Point to develop a sustainable plan for Lighthouse Point and other special heritage and conservation sites on Eleuthera, inspired the formation of One Eleuthera.

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