Scarlett teaches elementary school in the Dominican Republic. This World Teachers' Day, see how we are working with teachers like Scarlett to help new first-grade students be successful at reading … by doing something that hadn’t been done before.
This past summer, World Vision’s USAID Read project staff asked Scarlett Gómez, a Dominican public school teacher, to do something really challenging. We asked her to give up part of her summer vacation to volunteer at a Summer Club that would help students transition smoothly into first grade and stay on track in literacy.
Why is that such a big request? Other than the fact that summer vacations are regarded as sacred by all teachers around the world, there are two key challenges in the Dominican educational context.