Truly it Takes a Community to Build a Preschool: New Preschools are Coming to MKK
By Sandra Price - outreach worker
In order to build a school in Mulkúku villages in Nicaragua it takes a community. In this mountainous rural area a community of parents, a community of supporters, of teachers and community leaders, a community of builders, and also a community of donors are working together. Thank you for being a part of this community. These schools are truly community schools and to have a preschool in a rural area is such a blessing. When the people come together to build it, to support it, they really begin to own these schools and thus take care of them. These are their chiodren's schools. There is such a big celebration when a school is completed. Really a preschool is the first step for these children and their parents want it to be a step in the right direction. Can you imagine the joy in the whole family when they know that their young child is beginning with preschool? Many of these parents didn’t have this opportunity. So the celebrations are a very big part of their building schools.
Sister Sandy writes “With grateful hearts we thank the generous donors who have responded to our request for help to support parents of 5 preschools. Now we are finishing the second of the five schools. In December parents and children inaugurated the preschool Cristobal Colon. On the first full week of February the parents and community of this preschool, Estrella del Norte in Kepí, will begin a new year in a new school. Windows and doors are being installed and bright rose colored paint will reflect the bright smiles and joy of parents and children who proudly celebrate their children’s preschool. “
Sister Sandy continues her work helping organize the new schools and has been able to get permission from the ministry of education to continue her training of preschool teachers in Montessori values and methods. She has a master’s in Montessori preschools and now is being able to use it in an area where preschools didn’t exist plus now there are preschools where they didn’exist before.
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