student2student pairs primary school students with poor reading skills with a trained volunteer reading buddy, who they read to over the phone three times a week. Trina believes that having a high school student take time to invest in his learning gave Joel the added encouragement that he needed.
“Joel liked his mentor. I think she praised him a lot. Parents and teachers can only do so much, but he had a girl, and he looked up to that girl,” says Trina.
Without his reading skills holding him back, Joel’s self-esteem has soared. Now he is willing to take part in a range of learning experiences.