The PACE Foundation is committed to providing teen mothers with a holistic, quality education that develops their numeracy, literacy, technological, social, and parenting skills. It is our desire that all teen mothers are able to obtain the highest stage of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (which is self-actualization). Hence, we diligently seek to provide psychological and emotional support, economically empower teen mothers, promote social skills, engage in character-building initiatives, and ensure that students achieve grade level competency requirements.
The PACE Programme’s academic curriculum is comprised of nine subjects, namely: Mathematics, English Language, Civics, Religious Knowledge, Computer Studies, Home Economics, Family Life, Health Education, and Craft. The lessons taught are aligned with the learning trajectory of The Bahamas’ national curriculum for secondary schools (BJC/BGCSE).
To promote entrepreneurial ventures, teen mothers are taught various technical skills that can equip them to potentially generate revenue to assist themselves and their newborns. For example, the students are taught the art of jewelry making, crocheting, hair braiding, and food preparation. Furthermore, during the summer months, some of the teen mothers are afforded job placement opportunities within private and corporate businesses to gain training and experience for entry-level positions. Additionally, to develop social skills and to cultivate community awareness, civic organizations regularly visit PACE to facilitate professional development initiatives. We often partner with various civic organizations, such as The Zonta Club of Nassau, to organize seminars that focus on the skills needed to operate and sustain businesses.
After teen mothers have completed the PACE Programme, most are re-enrolled into public school. It is customary for students to be placed in a school that are different from the one in which they were enrolled before becoming pregnant. Nevertheless, teen mothers who return to the normal school environment are encouraged to attend monthly follow-up meetings at PACE so that they can reflect on challenges faced and obtain support, if needed.
Health and Safety Training & Education
Teen mothers are provided health education classes that focus on pre and post-natal care, family planning options, women’s health issues, and diet and nutrition. Additionally, they are exposed to safety training that can potentially save lives and protect their environment.
To assist teen mothers who are faced with economic hardships, the PACE Foundation incurred the cost of daycare. This venture increased the number of teen mothers who attended the PACE Programme on a regular basis. Therefore, the PACE Foundation actively and diligently seeks to partner with local nurseries and preschools to offer free or reduced rates for childcare for teen mothers.
The PACE Foundation hosts an annual, national forum initiative entitled “Talk To Me”, which seeks to educate parents about effective means to communicate with their children about social, developmental, and psychological issues. Additionally, the PACE Foundation facilitates motivational seminars for teen mothers throughout the academic year.