Literacy and Education for the Island
PIER seeks to provide sustainable livelihoods for residents of the island and improve quality of life through education. As part of its academic training program, PIER uses math, science labs, computer games, board games and toys to encourage independent, self-directed learning, as well as creativity and problem-solving. PADF specifically supported PIER’s free library and Teachers Resource Center, which provide mobile access to reading and writing resources for the population of the island. In addition, PADF helped start a club for girls and young mothers to participate and engage in the educational activities that PIER designs and provides. A partnership with the Department of Education also provided local bilingual training to teachers and supported math and English language skills classes. This project benefited approximately 200 youth.