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Feb 12, 2019

"We begin to train"

With them we learned ideas for pre-reading
With them we learned ideas for pre-reading

Hi all!
I hope you are fine…

"It's a pleasure for me to write you again and share our Joy of being one more year alive, to improve, laugh, enjoy, learn and above all teach"

I want to tell you that last month we had our first training of the year, which was called "Professional Growth IX" where we learned and shared new ideas, and activities with the whole "Let's be Ready" team.

This year we had the visit of our beloved and respected founder Fred Zambroski and his wife Nancy, whom we missed a lot during the past year. They were with us during the training, they gave us words of encouragement and showed us how proud they are for the teamwork we do to improve both the education of our children, and that of us to improve ourselves. It was good to see them again and enjoy their company.

There were also the Elba Sponsors who teaches in Patzicía, they are Janice and William; They visited Elba 2 times last year. They are very happy and satisfied with their work and creativity, they liked the activities they did. To all of us who are part of the Let's be Ready teachers group, we were very surprised by the visit of these Sponsors and we were delighted that they arrived because a sponsor had not showed up for a long time, much less attended the training; They made us see that we are on the right track with the education of our children and even Janice gave us new ideas to work with the children. We certainly enjoyed this surprise ...

José Tun, the person in charge of the Nutrition program made a very good presentation of the Atol program "CHISPUDITOS", showed us new ideas to prepare the atol and how to implement it in the communities; We also saw a simple video with important Nutrition information about what parents should take into account when feeding their children, so that they have normal performance and development.


Regarding everything else, we learned a lot from each other and set ourselves new goals to achieve each one as teachers and with our children for this year. It was an instructive and constructive week, as you will see in the following images ...

It is always a pleasure to write to you and inform you of what we love doing and we hope to tell you more in our next report.

Take care, see you soon.

Playing the cobweb
Playing the cobweb
A new activity to have fun with your mouth
A new activity to have fun with your mouth
The Welcome of Fred and Nancy
The Welcome of Fred and Nancy
Here is Elba with her sponsors Janice and William
Here is Elba with her sponsors Janice and William
Jan 31, 2019

THE IMPORTANCE OF PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION IN GUATEMALA

THE IMPORTANCE OF PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION IN GUATEMALA

Pre-school education is so important that it deserves all of our attention. It is important to think about and reflect on the importance of pre-school education, and to make people aware that every single child should receive a pre-school education.

It is from the age of 0-6 years when the brain is most capable of stimulation which encourages social skills, creativity and learning. Through pre-school education, children learn to relate to other people, develop responsibility, solidarity amongst peers, the importance of respecting rules and customs, and learn habits that will strengthen their character. All of this is made possible in a stimulating and welcoming environment which encourages confidence and self-assurance. It is also in pre-school education when children learn to be independent and self-sufficient.

Importantly, in terms of learning, the children complete their preschool education with the ability to read, write and carry out simple mathematical equations.

Unfortunately in Guatemala, many children in rural areas do not start school until they are seven years of age. Therefore, these children are nearing the end of the formative years of child development and they find themselves at a considerable disadvantage compared to the children that do have the opportunity to attend pre-school. Through our Magical Classroom programme we all have the desire and motivation to make a difference!

To all organizations, individual people and friends who support us, we thank everyone for trusting in our work and yes, we can make the change through education!

Magical Classroom

Jan 16, 2019

New year, new progress

A real progress at the centre

From November to January, local volunteers at the centre were working on a great partnership between the French Institute in Saint-Louis region and the Association Chance for All Senegal.

We met the Director of the French Institute in Saint-Louis and together we agreed that was important to involve kids in Darou in some programmes. From now on, children will be able to visit the rich library where, there are many children’s books and pictures books which can help them to learn and discover new things. Kids can also attend art exhibitions, visit art gallery and participate in workshops with artists to learn creative lessons.

Moreover, during that time, they discovered that the French Institute has a multimedia library, open to the public, so they stayed and found that the cinema theatre was a magical place. Since they were wise, we allowed them to watch funny cartoons.

During that visit, they met other kids (probably from wealthy neighborhoods), but they was no difference between them and when the Director spoke to them regarding Darou’s situation, the other kids were very touched and one little girl gave her drawings as a gift. For our kids also, it was incredibly moving and meaningful.

After that visit, the Association’s members, representing Dakar and Thiés regions came to enjoy Christmas celebration with us. It was time for a meeting all together and they told us about a new initiative they have in their mind. In fact, they found the great idea to make awareness mini-videos, highlighting the current problems of the society (health, economic development, disease, poverty, environment and so on) which can affect directly child’s behavior or life.

 For this purpose, that work will allow kids from the centre to participate, so we will make children play in that mini-videos and then we will use a video projector to show to other kids and local families in neighborhoods. Our objective is to teach people via videos and at the end organize tea debates about each subject.

Our first important subjects were to talk about ‘Talibés’, ‘girls at school’ ‘child abuse’ and ‘hygiene’. Children at the centre were really motivated in playing their role in the videos. We had a great time during rehearsals. Later, when we finished the first videos, we launched a great awareness and education campaign in several neighborhoods. Our children became famous stars in Darou, even if their role was to denounce their child’s abuse in our society.

Now our next step is to subtitle videos and have a workshop at the French institute (since videos were effective education tools). Also, they advised us to collaborate with other Associations to have greatest impact on kids and their future.

 
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