As part of the practical curriculum of the all-girls Mbaracayú Educational Center, second-year students conduct different workshops and lectures on Environmental Education for other schools and educational institutions in the Mbaracayú Biosphere Reserve and its surroundings. Within the program “Community Outreach” and as part of the course “Environmental Education”, the girls attempt to raise awareness and teach younger members of their community about water conservation and other subjects related to the environment. They have already visited schools in the Yrybucua District of the department of San Pedro, as well as educational institutions in Curuguaty. For the remainder of the school year, they are planning to visit schools and high schools in the Brítez Cue and Villa Ygatimí communities. Rosica Roa, a second year student, believes that these activities help students like herself learn how to speak in public while increasing their confidence and developing leadership skills. Moreover, Rosica thinks this is a great way to give back to the community by sharing what is learned at the Mbaracayú Educational Center.
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Following up from our previous report, we would like to share with our wonderful donors more about Eulalia Piragui´s experience as she continues to pursue a teaching degree in a local institute in Villa Ygatimí, in the department of Canindeyú. Because a picture is worth a thousand words, we want to show the joy of Eulalia proudly sharing the amazing job she does with her students.
Eulalia is particularly proud and happy of the opportunity of being able to practice what she is learning in school already, as she currently has a position as a pre-school teacher in an indigenous community near the Mbaracayú Reserve where she teaches children ages 4 to 6 in the morning, and goes to the university at night.
This is nothing new for Eulalia who graduated from the Mbaracayú Educational Center in 2011, where, for 3 years, she studied and developed practical hands-on experience while “learning by doing” and working in the different school enterprises the school has developed.
With your support for graduates from the Mbaracayú School, especially for indigenous female students like Eulalia, we are empowering young girls and equipping them with a life-long entrepreneurial spirit to overcome poverty.
Two students from the Mbaracajú Educational Center, Astrid Yaday Cáceres (senior), and Ruth Díaz (junior) along with other 30 students from all around Paraguay have been selected among a large number of applicants to participate at the 2013 Youth Leadership School organized by “Juventud Que se Mueve (JQM)” or Youth Moves, an organization dedicated to promoting youth social participation in Paraguay.
This opportunity provides a platform for development and exchange of knowledge and learning, and is targeted to young people who want to be actors of social transformation and the strengthening of democracy in Paraguay. It consists of several meetings, camps and forums that will allow students to strengthen their leadership.
These two young ladies have already participated in the first camp, and the exchange experience with other young leaders from the country has been very valuable and rewarding for them.
They are happy to be able to share this experience with the rest of the students at the Mbaracayú Educational Center, as they continue to build skills to become leaders and agents of change in their communities and the world!
Thank you to our dear supporters for being part of our student's success and growth!