According with a recent report of the UNICEF, the 97% of Latin American students have not yet returned to the classroom. The COVID19 pandemic continues to paralyze the education of more than 137 million children and adolescents: since the beginning of the pandemic, Latin American students have already lost four times more days of schooling (174) than in the rest of the world.
More than a third of all Latin American countries still do not have a date for the reopening of schools. New data from UNICEF shows that the percentage of students not receiving any form of education has skyrocketed from 4% to 18% in recent months. The COVID19 could remove up to 3 million more children from school in the region. In addition, the pandemic has further widened the educational gap between rich and poor countries. Only half of public school students have access to quality distance education from home, compared to 75% of private school students.
This is happening also in Argentina, where also few rural schools have started to bring presential classes again, while urban areas have no plans to go back to classes until the next lecture year that will start on march 2021. In fact, schools are facing summer holidays that will start on the beginning of December.
The only way we had to face this tremendous challenge was a good teamwork between teachers, directors, families and donors. Here some of the activities we are carrying on since march:
Helping families charge their phones to facilitate children's access to classes
Giving extra contribution for the bag prepared by school canteens, to "sweeten" children and provide good nutrition
Realize virtual workshop for parents to accompany families in isolation
Buying school supplies so that children can do their homework
Contribute for photocopies for schoolwork at home and face the lack of internet
Buying warm clothes and bedding in the winter months
The school gardening was transferred to children's houses
School events were also held from the houses
Individual soponsors participated directly with several actions. For example, a "godmother" read a story to the child she supports, others bought cakes for children's birthdays, sent photos and messages of what they were do during the quarantine
Children and families also sent photos to their sponsors in Italy when the pandemic started tough in Lombardy on February and march.
Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.
Get Reports via Email
We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.
Give the gift of stability in a time of instability. Set up an automatic, monthly gift now and get matched at 100%—because the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt us all, and it will take all of us to overcome it. Terms and conditions apply.
Monthly giving is as easy, safe, and as inexpensive as a Netflix subscription. Start a monthly donation to Asociacion Cultural para el Desarrollo Integral, A.C.D.I. today and get matched at 100%. Terms and conditions apply.