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March 9, 2015

Arrow Foundation completed yet another successful project in February when 20 students from Woodbrook Presbyterian Primary School graduated from its literacy intervention programme. 

Arrow’s impact was clearly evident from the exuberant smiles on the faces of the students, as several were able to improve their virtual reading and spelling ages by 12 months or more, after only eight hours of Arrow training. 

As student Amber Francis explained, “Using the computer to learn was a lot of fun, especially hearing my own voice and I can read and write much better now. I am very proud that I am doing better in class and I wish that every child could get this chance to improve.” 

Developed over 40 years ago in the United Kingdom by Dr Colin Lane, Arrow stands for Aural-Read-Respond-Oral -Write, a release said. The technique is focused on reading, spelling, dictation, speech and listening skills which produce significant results in persons with learning difficulties. The computer-based learning also applies use of the self-voice—a recording of the learner’s own voice—which forms the basis of the multi-sensory learning approach.

The local Arrow Foundation is a non-profit organisation operating for the past decade and has established an enviable record of accomplishment, having transformed the lives of thousands of children in schools across T&T. The benefits derived include significantly increasing literacy levels, speech improvement, building self-esteem and improving behaviour.