In October 2016, we implemented a peer mentoring concept as a technique to improve academic performance and morals, especially in the secondary and primary schools.
Each RGCM college/university student has been assigned as a mentor to two secondary school students as well as a class in Portland Nursery and Primary School. In this position, they are providing educational and emotional support and advice, serving as role models, and providing encouragement to motivate the students to work hard within their respective schools and in their communities. We envision that this program will benefit the university/college students who must model good behavior both academically and morally, as well as giving confidence and courage to their younger counterparts.
Those students enrolled in the Primary Teacher’s College have been assigned to work at the Portland Nursery and Primary School – Amor Village during college holidays. Since these students are pursuing their Primary Teaching Certification, this provides them with an opportunity to gain experience in the primary school setting, as well as allowing them to bring fresh ideas into the classrooms and serve as role models for the younger children. The students are also expected to provide performance assessments for each of the ten classes.
We are utilizing the mandatory school visitations to run this program within the secondary schools. During the morning period, the university/college students meet one-on-one with their assigned students and review their assessment reports, discuss any academic issues, and provide counseling and guidance on any personal issues. In the afternoon, the students and their international mentors will continue to meet via Skype as before.
As a team, we believe that this concept of peer mentoring within our beneficiary student body across all levels (nursery, primary, secondary, college and university) will result in improved academic performance, provide motivation for students to stick to their educational goals. and develop leadership skills in the older students.
This concept was introduced and designed by Mary Sylivia Agolla, one of RGCM program’s students who will graduate in December 2016. Mary developed this program after analyzing the challenges students face academically and morally.
During our first five years of operation, the PCE Foundation has lost fourteen students to unplanned marriages, pregnancies, irresponsible behavior, and dropouts due to consistently poor performance in schools. Mary’s mentoring program is the first PCE Foundation project to be designed and implemented from the students’ point of view, and we hope it has a positive impact on the students at all levels.