Several eight- to 12-year-olds from two communities are being better equipped to enter secondary school, thanks to Pan-American International Insurance Corporation of Barbados.
The insurance company, which is a subsidiary of the United States-based Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG), has been offering needed assistance to children in the New Orleans and Chapman Lane, The City communities, in Mathematics, English Language and Spanish.
General manager Keith King told Barbados TODAY the programme has been a success since its introduction just over two years ago, given that most of the students were doing better in school and were entering the secondary schools of their choice.
“So far, we have seen an increase in the number of students in those communities going into what we refer to as the older secondary schools,” said King.
“We will continue to invest as much as we can in them, not only financially but in terms of human resources, to get as much help as we can to change how those communities are viewed,” he added.
The programme is being carried out with the assistance of the Royal Barbados Police Force. The insurance company is also working closely with the Warrens Sports Club.
King said he was pleased with the level of interest shown by the students and their parents in the learning programme.
There are currently 20 students enrolled in the programme, a 100 per cent increase over the ten who graduated last year.