Junior Life Centre Programmes
Young people unable to enter the secondary school system because of low scores on the SEA are helped to build self-esteem, to acquire coping skills, and to develop at least functional literacy. These interventions are designed to be respectful, encouraging participants to play an active role in the learning process.
As part of this project, facilitators are trained to address the specific educational needs of early adolescents. Teachers are sensitised to both the cognitive and emotional characteristics of this group of people.
Young people in these countries who fail the Common Entrance exam have no alternative form of education available to them. This is particularly true of the students who receive poor results on the exam; they tend to come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds that leave them with little hope of obtaining any further education.
SERVOL is a service organisation engaged in educational and community-based efforts to help disadvantaged children and adolescents in Trinidad and Tobago. (Click here for a description of SERVOL).
To date, SERVOL has established 8 Junior Life Centres, which serve 500 or more students each year.
SERVOL, Ministry of Education. Government subsidies pay teachers' salaries.