Keepin’It Real in Toucari is working with the North Zone of the Adult Education Division, which covers Capuchin to Portsmouth to Paix Bouche. Adults, like children, have learning needs, yet they are often lacking educational opportunities. The Adult Education Unit of the Dominica Ministry of Community Development and Gender Affairs has several objectives:
To motivate and stimulate basic literacy and life long education in local communities.
To provide non-formal education, enabling each adult citizen to progress and participate meaningfully in the social, economic, cultural, and political development of Dominica.
Our project aims to provide books, educational materials, and clothing/shoes to adults and families in the villages in our zone.
General School Supplies:
College-Ruled Paper, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators
(English and French) Dictionaries
(English and French) Math and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English and French) Language and World Maps
(English and French) Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, Math, and Novels (Fiction and Nonfiction)
Mobile Phones and Printers
Adult Clothing and Shoes
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, and Mosquito Nets
Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
Books about Gardening
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.