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Aug 22, 2019

"Professional growth X"

Presentation about the library center
Presentation about the library center

It's amazing how the years go by, and I can't believe we've reached workshop number ten; training our teachers with the best techniques, ideas and methodologies for better development and better education in our children. I am very happy for the progress we have made as a team in Lets be ready and we also recognize that we still have a lot to do, but we are trying ...

Let me tell you that in the last week of July we had our tenth training workshop with teachers, which was titled Professional Growth. It was very dynamic and instructive, we all shared our ideas and learned a lot from each other.

The central theme of this workshop was "Learning Centers", as many of us need to learn more about the interaction, learning, results and importance of using them in our classroom. For this part we make groups to make an exhibition on each of the centers, using as a base the information and ideas that the Creative Curriculum gives us. All teachers made a very good presentation about the centers and at the same time we remember and learned a lot about what we should do with our children when using them. “Personally, this issue had a great impact on me, because one is not perfect to do everything at face value, but striving and trying to follow those instructions not only in me but in my children has a better effect on what we do and want to achieve ”

We also remember important points such as: having a well-organized calendar so that our children learn to be so and always plan their activities in the day, month and even in the year, of course in the future; We saw the importance of recycling with any type of material for any activity we do. Professor Edwin López showed us a model class of what we can teach with respect to Music, such as musical notes and instruments in their different classifications. On the topic of Early Stimulation we focus on the importance of crawling and crawling, as many of our children in different communities, it is impressive but they do not go through this stage; so it was very interesting to know that if they didn't do it when they were babies, we can still do it as teachers to do it for a better development; This presentation was in charge of Lidia Bacajol and Lucrecia Yos experts in the subject and very good teachers.

It was a week of new ideas, techniques, methods and important changes that we are already making. All this work and effort would not have been possible without the participation of all our teachers, our dear Principal Sara Tun, but above all for our Adviser Mercedes Morales who, with her experience, her good advice and her love for education makes it possible for us to have a well organized workshop with the topics we need, to improve as an organization and as teachers.

This is the most important thing I had to tell you, I hope you like our ideas and what we do for our children. All this work we do for our children, would not be possible without their donations, that is why we thank them for the support they give us, they really help us a lot.

Thank you so much.

Presentation on the center of water and sand
Presentation on the center of water and sand
Lili, Gloria and Maria in the center of blocks
Lili, Gloria and Maria in the center of blocks
Activity to teach musical notes and pentagram
Activity to teach musical notes and pentagram
Learning to paint with wax and tissue paper
Learning to paint with wax and tissue paper
Different ideas of what we can do with newspaper
Different ideas of what we can do with newspaper
We are all part of the lets be ready team
We are all part of the lets be ready team
With our dear Mercedes Morales, the yellow blouse
With our dear Mercedes Morales, the yellow blouse
Jul 30, 2019

Second Training Session - 'Infant Stimulation'

Magical Classroom/Aula Magica’s Second Training Session – ‘Infant Stimulation’

During this month of July, we carried out our second successful training session. Normally we complete two training sessions during the course of the year. We bring together all of our Facilitators from the different communities located in Huehuetenango, Retalhuleu, Quiche and Solola. In total, more than 28 Facilitators were present for this training session.

During the week, each of our Facilitators learnt and reinforced their knowledge on topics such as fine and gross motor skills, writing development, reading for children, learning corners, nutrition, mathematics, painting, music, emotions, art, music-therapy, and many valuable educational activities that they will be able to use in class with our children.

It was a very productive week, with lots of learning and new experiences, and our Facilitators had the opportunity to share new experiences and techniques. The training took place in La Antigua Guatemala, and for many of the Facilitators this was their first time here, since they live on communities very far away. Some, for example, live 10-14 hours from La Antigua Guatemala. It is very heartening and significant that our Facilitators have the opportunity to visit new parts of Guatemala.

We also visited the zoo in the capital city and the Facilitators were delighted and excited to see the different animals of the zoo. This was an excellent educational experience for the Facilitators, especially as for the majority of them this was their first time visiting a zoo. We had a marvellous day with each one of them! The second training session finished with a great shared feeling of happiness, and appreciation for each one of our Facilitators due to the great effort that they put in to their communities and making a positive change through the pre-school education.

Best wishes and until the next time!

Aula Mágica

Jul 26, 2019

THE STREET OR BACK TO MY FAMILY?

His name is Malick.


Eight (8) years in the street and almost two (2) years at the center Chance for All Senegal, which gathers, directs and serves, as a home for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and talibés, here is the decisive choice: find his parent or stay on the street, which he has always known.
Malick, aged 14, has been on the street since he was four, the day his father left him under the “skirts” of a Daara marabout in the city of Saint-Louis (Pikine).


Malick is a street children like no other. He always takes care of himself with the money he makes in his long days traveling around the city of Saint-Louis. He is a soccer lover, his love for soccer makes him always dressed in the jerseys of the national team. Of his habits, Malick prowls around the hotel next to the post office (Hotel de la poste), the hotel Residence and can earn up to 700 francs the day. With the little French he knows, he sometimes serves as a tour guide. He helps tourists make money change by taking them to the ideal places or by interpreting the local language, shows them the city he knows as the palm of his hand, from the cultural center, to hotel de poste and the walks under the "takussanou"(Evening) Ndar along the bridge.


From this activity, the boy meets "toubabs"called Fred and Nancy that led him to discover warmth and hope at Chance for All Senegal since he set foot there, one day, in March 2017. The change is not about to stop there for Malick. His stride at Chance for All Senegal was the beginning of finding his family. For a child as remarkable as him, to leave him, still, at the mercy of the street was not conceivable for his new friends, family.


In a desire to reunite him with his family, The local staff at the association in collaboration with other association in Saint-Louis lead inquiries and make their way back to his hometown.
After days and days, visiting several concessions, using photos that did not betray paternal traits, they found Malick's father. Actually his father lives in Daara Djolof.
In an interview with that latter, he confides to having left him to a "Serigne" of Daara when he was four (4) years old. Time passes, he loses contact and for not having set foot in the same place for a long time, he loses sight of his boy, who had no memory of where he came from.


The father is happy and eager to be back under the same roof with his son but this is not Malick's enthusiasm. When one learns to live at his own expense soon enough the family cocoon can represent the bird’s fear of the cage: being deprived of freedom, afraid to no longer fly high.
Malick fears that he will no longer be able to make money to support himself and be a burden to his dad.
Thus, the question of gaining his family or remaining in the life he has known since his four (4) years, with the new family he has made, remains unresolved.


What would you do instead of Malick? Compromises ?

 
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