TTT 023 : A Discussion about Efficient Learning for the Poor and Languages with Helen Abadzi
06 June 2016
Dr. Helen Abadzi is a Greek psychologist and polyglot who has attained at least an intermediate-level knowledge of 19 languages. Her linguistic competencies have shaped her career and enabled her to better access and understand the educational systems in the developing countries in which she has worked. Her focus has been largely centered on improving outcomes for marginalized students in developing countries. She has spent 27 years as a Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank. During her long career, she has produced a number of important publications, including the widely cited Efficient Learning for the Poor published in 2006. In more recent years she has become interested in and advocated the importance of automaticity in learning; that is, building a foundation for learning through old-fashioned drill which can then free up the memory for the execution of more complex tasks. Dr. Abadzi currently lectures at the University of Texas at Arlington in the USA.
TTT 015 : Why Reading is Crucial in the Rehabilitation of Prisoners with Lesley Graham
03 November 2015
Lesley Graham is an inspirational individual who works tirelessly to help others better themselves and become more educated individuals. She has worked as a teacher, lecturer and educational facilitator but currently works as Front of House for the Education Centre at Guildford Cathedral. Every individual goes through tough periods in their life, but Lesley has used her adversities to create a positive change. She has a passion for reading and whilst serving a sentence in HMP Send she lead a Reading Group for prisoners. It is said that 70% of female prisoners have no qualifications meaning that the majority of inmates have very poor literacy skills. As an educated woman with a degree in Social Administration, Psychology and Criminology Lesley volunteered as a Toe by Toe Peer Mentor to help inmates build literacy skills. A 2015 Financial Times article entitled “How reading can change prisoners’ lives” referenced Lesley’s work in prison and wrote of how many of the women Lesley taught could not recognise the alphabet, yet were reading a whole book at the end of five months. Whilst out on daily ROTL (Release on Temporary Licence) meaning that she could do volunteer work outside, Lesley gave a lecture on the importance of reading and literacy in rehabilitating prisoners. Lesley is also a recovering alcoholic and gives up her time to help three individuals overcome their addiction.
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