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Last week the National library gave permission for children from the Tiger Bay community to participate in the after-school technology integrated Learning Pod tutoring program. The children will continue to meet on the last Saturday of each month at their former location for their robotics class but club leader Marvin Drakes shared that, “We welcome this new location because it limits distractions for the students and we believe that surrounding them by books fosters a curiosity and level of comfort with reading which is desperately needed.
The students meet 2 days each week for two hour sessions, where they are guided through grade appropriate lesson plans based on the MOE’s curriculum. The Learning pods program is sponsored by the IDB, Tullow Oil, Department of Youth, The Guyana Diaspora and several other public and private organizations. The program’s mission is to close the academic gaps created by the COVID pandemic and to prepare young people to improve their academic outcomes while strengthening their critical thinking, self confidence, problem solving, and collaboration skills.