Rain and mud equals dengue fever and colds during the winter on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua for preschool classes which are held in inadequate quarters. However winter as well as the school year are coming to a close. The children in the communities of Mulukukú rejoice when they can finally come back to school once the fevers are over. Now they are enjoying their friends, chasing after squirrels, and chanting “The food, the food”, as mothers bring in beans and rice and tortillas for lunch. In Nicaragua the school year is February to the end of November so the children and teachers have a lot of catching up to do in class more than chasing squirrels, since many missed one or two weeks with their health problems.
The end of October parents, teachers, builders and school directors inaugurated the first of 4 preschools we have all be hoping for since early last year in the community of Santa Rita about 25 kilometers northeast of the town of Mulukukú. It was a great big party and all the communities celebrated. Now we are hoping and planning for the new school year which opens in February 2020 and for the other 5 preschools, with dreams of avoiding so many health problems when they are attending classes in inadequate classrooms.
But classrooms are not the only thing that will be new. The teachers are being trained this year and there are 21 preschool teachers who have been studying with Sister Sandra the Montessori philosophy, methodology and materials for preschoolers. We are planning a new series of workshops of hand-made materials based on Montessori principles. Preschools in rural Nicaragua have no equipment or materials except what the teachers bring from their own homes. So with the help of this project we hope to be able to buy some supplies and we believe we will make some great Montessori materials. We are grateful for those who have donated for the 5 preschools which we are desperately trying to build before the next school year. During the school break would be a good time to build because the climate is dryer and the parents have more time. They are excited about the possibilities of having the new schools and are encouraging their children to attend classes now promising them that next year it will be better. Even though it is hard work to build the schools they are itching to build the schools for their children. These are schools built by the parents on land donated by them for the preschools, they are very proud that it will be their work that will give these children the possibility to study in adequate classrooms.
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