We have received significant support from the Saharawis for the expansion of the DV programme to benefit more primary school-aged children in the camps as well as into middle schools to support English learning. We have also been advised that our volunteers-led workshops and on-site teacher training sessions are hugely beneficial and should be part of DV's annual programme of activities. Students also wish for summer programmes outside the camps, and want to receive certification in English as they do in Music.
In response to this feedback, our aims over the next few years are to:
Ensure our Desert Voicebox teachers are trained to high standards and are certified to train others
Create a bespoke Desert Voicebox English curriculum to take the students from total beginners to a pre-intermediate level (B1) This curriculum will be guided by a teaching manual that provides clear assessment criteria of the students' progress and adapt and use appropriate teaching/learning resources
Build a space with facilities for English teacher training next to the Desert Voicebox learning centre. The training programme aims to deliver a combined remote and on-site internationally certified programme in order to train more teachers locally for future expansion (2024/25)
Organise intensive annual summer camp programmes of 3 weeks in Algiers for the DV staff and our graduated students. This will involve providing an immersive and experiential English language programme for the students that could include participating in collaborative music-making and cultural exchange with other children and exploring a new setting. For the teachers their programme would involve intensive pedagogical training, subject knowledge enhancement and practical teaching sessions.
Raise funds to bring a group of graduated DV students and two DV teachers to visit the UK for 1 month to build bridges and their skills further (Summer 2025/26)
Build more local & international partnerships to improve and enrich the delivery of the DV programme
Install solar energy at the DV learning centre to make the project greener and reduce the disruptions to the programme caused by frequent power cuts