Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, teachers. – Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
Over this past year I have invested time with an individual who because of an undiagnosed learning disability, slipped between the educational cracks. Through Project Literacy, I have witnessed this person gain effective communication skills, increase his confidence, and earn a diploma.
I believe that the services provided to our community by Project Literacy are vital. The smiles, which each new accomplishment brings, are priceless. The pride and self-esteem brought about through increased reading and writing skills are too valuable to be lost.
Most of the students have a goal that they wish to reach, and I can honestly say that those I worked with over a period of time achieved many of their goals. Not only did they improve in oral and written communication but they also gained in self-confidence and self-esteem, which was a pleasure to see.
I am proud to be volunteering at Project Literacy.
During my time as a tutor I personally witnessed success with my learners in terms of their self-confidence and their academic progress. I was also able to join my fellow tutors in sharing their joy and satisfaction when their learners moved forward through determination and hard work. Because of the dedication of the tutors at Project Literacy, the support of the administrative staff and the friendly, non-judgmental atmosphere there have been many successes amongst our learners and there will be many more!
The learning experience takes place on both sides as the tutor strives to make the experience enjoyable and beneficial for the learner.
I am honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of the Project Literacy team and proud to add my name in support of their commitment to our community.
We have shared many mornings working and, often, laughing together. As [my learners] have experienced success so have I. I am gratified to know that in some small way I may have helped them realize a dream.