Jul 5, 2017

Sports and values meet at the Education Program

Sports day at the Education Program
Sports day at the Education Program

It is Thursday and many of the students are excited because its "Sports for Sharing" day.  Each Thursday the children participate in this workshop called "Sports for Sharing (Deportes para Compartir)" that aims to promote values among the children through sports and recreational acrtivities that take place in the Education Program of Pilares.

Awareness about global challenges, healthy lifestyles, respect for cultural diversity and inclusion and learning the importance of civic values are some of the topics that are given during the twelve meeting that the workshop has between march and july. There are different activities for each topic. 

One of them was the "Family Day" meeting in which the parents were invited to participate in the games that the kids prepared and guided the adults through them. It was a great day! The students enjoyed sharing their activities with their families and also exchanging experiences with the families of their friends. 

Another activity that took place at the workshop and was a great success was the visit of two professional volley players that gave a talk to all the kids and encouraged them to pursue their dreams and work hard for them. After the speech the students had the chance to play some volleyball with them!

Finally, on July 6th we will be receiving a special package from Mexico, where this workshop also takes place thaks to the NGO Educacion para Compartir. This activity, called "The Treasure Box Exchange", enourages the cultural exchange between the Education Program students in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the students from a school in Mexico.

At the beginning of the year the kids sent a box from Argentina to Mexico with many traditional elements that they cherish from the local culture to show their traditions and culture to the school in Mexico. They also included their own drawing and games. Now is time to receive it back! The children are really excited about this and can't wait for this incoming Thursday!

This workshop has definitely impact the children in a really positive way, enabling them to explore more of theirselves through sports and recreation, and also learning about positive values. We are very happy to promote this kind of experiences at the Education Program and we are sure this has a meaningful impact in the rest of their lives. 

We want to thank specially to all the donors that choose to contribute with the program and make possible this kind of moments. Let's keep on working together to promote a better future for all the children that live in the shantytown Villa 21-24, Barracas, Buenos Aires City. 

5th and 6th grade boys choosing teams for the matc
5th and 6th grade boys choosing teams for the matc
More than 80 children ages 6-13 participate
More than 80 children ages 6-13 participate
Professional volley players encouraging the kids
Professional volley players encouraging the kids
Team work!
Team work!

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Apr 7, 2017

Education program's first field trip of the year!

A group of 60 anxious little feet patter around excited as they hop of the bus straight into Temaikén Biopark. It’s friday 17th and thanks to the help of friendly donors and institutions such as Fundación Potenciar Solidario, we have made it all the way here.

From first to seventh grade, they are all full of expectations and wonder as to what awaits inside. What animals they will discover, if they’ll be able to touch any, will they see them playing around? Together with their tutors and our beloved volunteers who join us for these events too, they all walk in after a group photo. 

Temaikén is a ver peculiar type of zoo. It doesn’t only keep animals and take care of them, but creates a whole environment based on where these creatures come from, fills it with plants and in some cases even recreates the weather of their local habitats. Also, it’s very aware of global warming and the urgent need to take better care of our planet so the biopark undertakes the task of educating and informing all who steps in on the topic.

It’s a beautiful sun shiny day, so the kids get to see the tiger roll lazily in the grass and the flamingo’s flap from one end of the lake to the other. Fingers point around like crazy as they call out “seño” or “profe”, which means teacher, to show us what new things they have discovered.

After a long walk, as the sun gets stronger and higher up in the sky, the whole group sinks into the darkness that is the aquarium. They are all awed as they gasp at the sharks swim above them in the underground tunnels. When asked what their favorite animal of the day was, the shark definitely took the lead. 

A tour guide from the park walked us through the day, and after the big thrill they had up to then, we stopped for lunch in one of the open spaces the park has to rest. Surrounded by birds and animal footsteps imprinted in the promenade, we all sit down and rest.

But the adventure is far from over, and after a brief recovery, we are taken to the 360 cinema in the park to see a short documentary on animal rescues. There are no seats, only rails to lean on,  so one can look up and turn around to admire the whole ceiling made of screens. 

The rest of the afternoon is for the children to choose. We split up in groups and let them explore, accompanied by an adult, or go back to the different animals they are interested in, giving them their fare share of freedom to wander.

It was a very exciting day for everyone. We all enjoyed ourselves spending recreative time together out of the school; sharing laughs and doubts about where we live and how much there is in this world that’s unknown to us.

Tired but satisfied, we made our way back home to Villa 21-24. The field trip proved to be a very promising jump start into 2017. Overjoyed by such a productive beginning, we hope this year we can encourage our kids in the education program to learn more and motivate them to be more curious and filled with hope about what is yet to unravel. 

 

Thanks to all of you who made this amazing experience possible!

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Jan 11, 2017

Pilares: celebration time at the Education Program

A big stage and an excited crowd waits for the 100 students of the Education Programa to perform the end-of-year acts that they prepared with a lot of enthusiasm during the last months of 2016.

The music starts and the girls and boys of 1st and 2nd grade group stand on the stage with funny and colourful costumes chosen by them during their Theatre lessons with "seño Pili" (as they call drama teacher Pilar). With the help of their teacher they give an outstanding circus show in which they share dances, singing, actings and hidden talents. It is a great spectacle! 

Next, it's movies time! The 3rd and 4th grade students present a series of short films they shooted during the year with their tutor, Matías. They even try some special effects! The public (formed by the student families) loves it and they receive a huge applause.

Now it's time for some dancing. The girls of 5th, 6th and 7th grade present a coreography that they prepared together and rehersed during the Theatre Workshop. Then it's the boys turn. They surprise the big crowd with a great coreography as well.

Apart from the performances, each class exposes stories, paintings, arts and crafts that they created during the year at the Arts, Literature and Theatre Workshops. The children share with their families and with the tutors the happiness of showing what they worked on during the year.

It is the first year the Education Programa implements recreational workshops and it has been a great adventure and a great place for the students to express and find theirselves learning new ways of expression, discovering new talents and sharing it all with their classmates. 

We end 2016 with a very positive impact and very motivated to start a new year of the Education Program to encourage comprehensive and quality education for 100 kids from Villa 21-24 in the City of Buenos Aires. 

Thank you to all our donors for making it possible!!

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