The COVID-19 pandemic physically separated us but helped us connect on a deeper level. Even though we miss our students at school, we find reasons to be happy and feel proud.
As you know since the pandemic hit Guatemala, schools were closed indefinitely. Providing education has become a challenge. Since our 544 students come from very low-income families, most of them cannot afford to have a stable internet connection or technological devices they can use to receive online education. That is why our teachers have been working hard to make worksheets, for our students to learn and enjoy the process. We continue handing out these worksheets every 15 days.
Despite this all, we feel that the new system has allowed us to bond with our student's parents and family members, and it has also allowed parents to become more involved in their children's education, strengthening their interest in supporting them through the educational process.
We feel fulfilled to see how the parents come to the schools with a positive attitude and willing to listen, understand and help their children with the assigned tasks. We have also been witnesses of the excitement and pride that they feel, knowing their kids are progressing and will be able to become professionals one day.
We will continue supporting our students and their families in every way we can.
Victoria, waiting for new worksheets.
Jun 3, 2020
Skills of success during COVID-19 crisis
By Nataly Byrne - Communications Assistant
The past months have been challenging for all members of the NDG Team, the current situation regarding the COVID-19 crisis has forced us to find new ways to keep on with our mission of providing education to our students.
Since the COVID-19 started spreading in Guatemala, all schools closed including of course NDG schools in Ciudad Vieja and San Lorenzo el Cubo.
Even though at first it was hard to come up with a backup plan, we got it. Since then, the NDG school staff has been handing out worksheets to each and every of our students. These worksheets started as a review of the topics that teachers taught in the previous months. Now we are happy to announce that the worksheets include new topics so our students are learning new things every 15 days.
We are also very happy to see that NDG parents are getting more and more involved in their children´s education since they are the ones coming to the schools to pick up new worksheets and to turn in homework.
The past months have been challenging for all members of the NDG Team, the current situation regarding the COVID-19 crisis has forced us to find new ways to keep on with our mission of providing education to our students. Also we found ourselves with the responsibility of keeping NDG families safe.
Starting in april, NDG staff members have joined efforts to achieve these two things. We came up with a plan that has been working pretty well. With the help of donors and Friends of Niños de Guatemala we have raised money to buy NDG most vulnerable families a bag of supplies that lasts for 15 days. These bags include rice, beans, oil, ncaparina, pasta, tomato sauce, maseca, protemas, and other things like bleach and protection masks.
During the handout of supplies, teachers are also giving NDG parents worksheets for each and every one of our students. Our teachers have put a lot of effort making and printing these worksheets so that our students can work on them from the comfort of their homes.