Twenty five second year students of the Centro Educativo Mbaracayú (CEM) are the winners of the second edition of the Stoplight Olympics, a competition aimed at students from public and subsidized schools from across the country, that become promotors for their families and the fight for the elimination of poverty. As a prize, the students from Mbaracayú traveled to Camboriú, Brazil.
This year, the competition involved more than 2,200 students from 67 educational institutions, which competed using the dynamic Poverty Stoplight methodology that intends to help families eliminate their own poverty. The students first guided their families through a self-evaluation of the family situation of poverty and then créate a plan to solve specific indicators, such as: family savings, insurance (medical and life), diversified sources of income, capacity to create a budget, access to communication and social capital.
On the 18 of September, in the Paraguayan-American Cultural Center, the long-awaited documentary “Daughters of the Forest” premiere. The filming lasted for 5 years, following a group of students of the Mbaracayú Educational Center, and was directed by Carl Byker, the prestigious American documentalist.
“We decided to make the movie because we found something unique was happening, and we thought the world should know about it,” states Mr. Byker in an interview in Paraguay.
He and the Musical Director Christopher Hedge came from the United States exclusively for the event. Also present were the main subjects of the documentary, graduated students from the school, Bianca Soares, Nilda Alderete, Numila Goméz Portillo and Eulalia Krinagui. Other special guests, included ex-president of Paraguay, Federico Franco, the Director of US Agency for International Development (USAID), Fernando Cossich, and the Director of Agrarian Education from the Minstry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Edgar Olmedo Núñez.
With much satisfaction and pride, we want to share the good news that Yolanda and Eulalia, two Aché students who graduated from CEM in 2011, completed their studies in the field of Professor of Bilingual Education in Spanish and Guaraní, both official languages of Paraguay. Both students attended the Superior Institute of Linguistic Sciences of Villa Ygatimi. The graduation ceremony will take place on October 24. Eulalia is now teaching in the school in the Aché community of Arroyo Bandera. This is a very important success, with a positive impact on both the lives of the new professors and for their community.