The Basic Education To Adolescents (BETA) program aims at providing functional literacy, computer courses and numeracy to primary school dropouts. Classes begun as from May 1998. Initially the program covers one class of some thirty learners of six villages of the south of the island. These learners after failing the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) examination twice have been pushed out of the school system.
The BETA Program represents a second chance for these “out of school youths” to learn to read and write and acquire some essential skills which can be useful in their life. The curriculum has been designed in such a way as to include six different learning areas.
The BETA Program is still on going and the curriculum has been adapted to the needs of the learners. Halley Movement is constantly looking for assistance in order to keep the program running. We are grateful to the various international and national organisations that have supported us since 1998.
How BETA Program Got Started
A Research Study on causes of primary school failure in Mauritius was conducted prior to the Program. The recommendations of the study were instrumental to the start of the BETA Program in 1998.
Objectives of BETA Program
- To combat exclusion and to facilitate social integration
- To enable everyone to participate fully in the socio economic life of the country
- To empower young people for critical thinking and problem solving
The Learning Areas
There are six different learning areas:-
- Communication, literacy and language learning
- Numeracy and Mathematics
- Natural Sciences
- Arts and Culture
- Computer Literacy
- Life orientation
Roles of the learners & Benefits of BETA Program
Learners stand to benefit most from the BETA Program. Many for the first time have access to computer education. A Lot of changes will happen and these changes are all for the better.
- Learners will have greater self esteem because they are allowed to develop at their own pace
- Learners, actively involved will blossom and grow
- Learners are trained to work effectively in groups. They will learn the value of team work.
- Learners will understand why they are learning
- Constant feedback will keep them motivated