In celebration of Alta’s 25th anniversary, Alta students around the country were asked to write about the impact the organisation has had on their lives. Since 1992, Alta has provided classes around the country for thousands of Trinidadians who struggle with reading and writing. Alta students enrol in the programme at many different levels of literacy and leave when they have accomplished their literacy goals. While it is difficult to manage work and family life alongside Alta classes, students continue to persevere and in all cases see changes in their lives after attending Alta classes. In the coming weeks, Alta will share their pieces through this column. This week, two students from the NALIS Port of Spain venue share how Alta has impacted their lives.
Student Name: Kernal
Class Venue: NALIS
“In the beginning I was afraid and nervous to let anyone outside of my family know that I’m having problems reading and spelling. So I wasn’t willing to seek out any help. One day my sister was going through Facebook and saw an article someone wrote about Alta and she forwarded the link to me and she encourage me to join Alta (which I did).
On the first day of Alta class I went into the class room nervous because I did not know what to expect, but when the tutors came in the classroom they introduce themselves and they welcome us with open arms and they didn’t treat any of us differently because of our reading problems, but instead they treated all of us like family.
Each week on Mondays and Wednesdays between the hours of 9am to 11am all the students are like brothers and sisters and the tutors are like our parents who just want their children to do well and succeed in life.
I’ve benefitted so far from the Alta classes because now I’m a little more confident in myself and now I know once I complete the full course I’ll be able to move on and do over some CXC subjects, staring with English. I’m 25 years of age and I have a son that looks up to me so I need to better myself as an individual in order for me to raise a good man. My dream is to own my own business and also to help out people who have problems reading and writing, just as how Alta helps me. I’ll advise anyone to join Alta at once because it will make a difference in their lives.”
Name – A. Roberts
Venue – NALIS
“Alta changed my life significantly in every way; I had problems with pronouncing some words properly. Alta taught me how to break down words and how to use syllables so I could pronounce and spell a little better. I was taught also to write better, read stories etc. The teachers have a lot of patience. They make sure that you understand everything they taught. I am happy that I made the right choice to attend Alta class. Thank you to my tutors.”