New English Class

English ClassGrowing up, one of my favorite movies was the Wizard of Oz. I loved this movie so much, I dressed up as Dorothy for Halloween 3 years in a row having to get two different sizes of the ruby red slippers (because I outgrew them) and my very own Toto stuffed animal. In this movie, we meet 4 different characters all of whom believed they were lacking something in their lives and believed the wizard of Oz could grant them these things. The scarecrow wanted a brain, the tin man wanted a heart, the lion wanted courage, and Dorothy wanted to go home. In the end, it was not the wizard who granted them these wishes, but it was the journey to Oz that allowed them to realize they either, already had in them what they believed they were lacking, or gave them the opportunity to learn the trait they were lacking. In mission work, it is easy to be thought of as “the wizard of Oz” that can grant wishes for everyone, but granting wishes is just a temporary fix. Go MAD’s priority is to help enable the Dominican people to either discover they have the power within themselves to change their situations, or to equip them with tools that can be used to better their situations. In short, Go MAD’s goal is to empower the people of the Dominican Republic. One of the ways Go MAD seeks to achieve this goal is through providing communities with English lessons.

We are excited about our recent partnership with the public school in the village of Esperanza to be able to teach English to the students! Every Monday and Wednesday our English teacher, Isachar, teaches English to the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The students are more likely to attend class regularly, because the English lessons are incorporated into their school schedules. This allows the students to better retain the language skills and allows them to gain a more in depth understanding of the English language. Because the economy of the Dominican Republic is heavily dependent on tourism, most of the employment opportunities here that will allow a family to live above a subsistence level involve being able to communicate in the English language. By giving the students this skill, they will have a much greater chance of finding employment that will allow them to provide for themselves and their families. We can in turn begin to change their mindset from needing others for survival, to being responsible for their own success and begin to break the cycle of poverty. This is a great example of how Go MAD works to restore hope and create opportunity.

– Callie Clyde, Community Coordinator

High School Success

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One Response to “New English Class”

  1. rachelle Carriere Says:

    Wizard of Oz is still one of my favorite movies 🙂
    Loved your story
    I would love to be part of this group to help empower and teach..
    Keep up the good inspirational work
    Dios te Bendiga

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