Support on the project is continuing as ever and are seeing great progress with the children. We did have 6 kids who were falling behind and had to be removed from the class, thanks to extra support we have been able to bring them up to speed so that they can continue at the level they should be at.
The Children face many difficulties in the Pueblos Jovenes which can affect their education so it is great to see that with continued support, understanding and patience the kids can continue and progress as they need to.
All three communities in which we work are seeing tremendous advances and upon hearing from the children who are now in Secondary School they are passing their exams with excellent marks, fantastic news!
To spread our knowledge and experience in education in the desert, we have expanded into two new communities around Arequipa, where the schools have limited funds, teachers and utensils. By increasing teachers numbers and bringing in food programs, the children are now receiving better education and a full meal each day.
As we finish 2009, yet more parents have decided that once primary school is over, their children should continue to secondary school, so with our help with utensils and other costs, this dream will become reality in 2010. Many thanks for everyone's support over the years...finally, we are making headway in the desert around Arequipa.
Happy New Year
Greetings. Our schools in Ecuador have begun the new scholastic year well, with new children now heading off to secondary school, and previous kids moving up a grade, which is a great achievment. To start fundraising for next year, I will be embarking on a Charity Challenge this weekend in Guatemala, climbing 4 volcanoes in 6 days, so please, if you can, spare a penny or two to help raise funds for such a good cause.
I have recently just returned from Peru and had many discussions about how to better our secondary school system. At the moment, we supply our secondary school students with the supplies they need for further education. I plan, over the next 2 years, to implement the plan we have trialled in Honduras, where we pay for secondary school teachers to come to the community. It works and it is a highly sustainable way to increase education in these areas.
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