WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Although education is compulsory at the primary level between the ages of 7 and 13, only 62% of primary school aged children were enrolled in school in 1999 as a result of a serious lack of facilities and funding. Consequently the current adult illiteracy rate stands at around 62.7%. Because of the structure of society here, girls in particular often lack access to an adequate education. Although there has been a constant steady increase in access, this has had severe implications for the quality and infrastructure of education, which have both declined.
Given that tourism is one of most important industries in these countries, the Department for Education insists building relations with European countries through teaching English, Spanish and German as second languages.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
The age of the pupils at the schools and colleges where you will teach is between 15 and 19 years. However, it is possible to give English or French lessons to children in the CEM2 class, being the last year of primary school whose age range is between 12 and 15, as well as to the children of the neighbourhood where you are accommodated.
Alongside teaching English, you will be encouraged to organise your own programme and teach other subjects, such as IT, music, maths, drama and science.
You can typically expect to be teaching two classes per day, which usually last for around two hours each, although your detailed timetable will be arranged with your project coordinator upon arrival.