Making a focus for children in Argentina

by Pilares (Fundacion Accion Pais para la Formacion de Liderazgo Social)
Making a focus for children in Argentina
Making a focus for children in Argentina
Making a focus for children in Argentina
Making a focus for children in Argentina
Making a focus for children in Argentina
Making a focus for children in Argentina
Making a focus for children in Argentina
Making a focus for children in Argentina
Making a focus for children in Argentina
Making a focus for children in Argentina
Making a focus for children in Argentina
Making a focus for children in Argentina
Making a focus for children in Argentina
Making a focus for children in Argentina
Making a focus for children in Argentina
Making a focus for children in Argentina

Haciendo LUPA (Mkaing focus) is a program that is developed in various spaces, always through group dynamics, and with literacy and play as the axis with the objective of promoting the development of language and expression. From Pilares, we maintain that play is not "an instrument for", but a fundamental right of children, their time and living space. For this reason, the proposals of "LUPA" are always oriented towards generating playful encounters, from different activities that promote development and learning: artistic expressions, language practices, etc.
In view of the social distance, from the program we started to think about how to continue promoting these encounters, taking into account that the quarantine modified everyone's daily life, multiplying the screens and the imperatives (stay at home, wash your hands, do your homework, read, etc...) Even the best advice and the prettiest proposals can be overwhelming in an age when time and space, those aspects that command us, became so disordered.
We celebrate virtual connections, which allow us to shorten distances and share moments even when we are far away. But we also defend play as a moment cut out of reality, where it becomes necessary to disconnect from the everyday in order to connect with that inner world of fantasy and creativity, without risk, where each girl or boy exercises the freedom to open the door to go and play, and can also close it whenever they want.
For all this, from Haciendo LUPA we invented a magazine for the children of the program. A paper magazine, which can be touched, opened, closed, drawn, painted, taken from here to there. A magazine with proposals of games, adventures, discoveries and creations, in which each one can unfold his own, leave his mark, share with others, in a time without haste, without demands.
We know that we are in a difficult time, with shared cell phones, data that is consumed and batteries that wear out. That's why we aim at the inexhaustible: at the possibility of playing in childhood. We take great care that the magazine is not confused with a task, with a duty to be fulfilled, and that it does not blur in a hobby or an entertainment proposal: our bet is to continue doing magnifying glass in the game and in the literacy, that girls and boys can discover their own power to create and play when they meet the proposed activities.
We have already delivered three issues of the magazine, we made a special delivery for winter vacations and another for the month of children. We continue working on the next issues, and shaping a library project.
In the magazines we included interviews: two plastic artists told us about their works and the things that inspire them, and invited the girls and boys to play and create. We also talked with teachers: we asked them about their childhood games and stories.
The magazine always has invitations to read stories, draw, paint, and solve challenges... Some recipes to prepare something delicious at home, challenges to sharpen one's wits, and also a kit with a different proposal each time: to make a germination, to build a doll to remove pain, or magic papers for a collage. In the special deliveries for the vacations and the month of the children we include games to share with the family: a bingo, a path to walk with challenges, and the trangram, to build everything you can think of with only 7 geometric shapes.
It is very good to be able to meet again with the families, even if it is with distance, with a beard and quickly, to find that smile that you can only see in their eyes today, and to have that short talk when they receive the magazine, where they tell us how they are doing, they are happy that we sent them something for the children, that "we remember"... Impossible not to remember! 

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Activities photos (previous to COVID - 19)
Activities photos (previous to COVID - 19)

Thank you for joining the Making Focus project! The literacy and pre-literacy project until March was able to run normally with boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 9.
Work had begun in age groups according to the level of pre-literacy or literacy that the children had.
However, then the quarantine stage began due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Therefore, we have had to change formats and migrate to remote activities with children.
We are working on making a magazine that allows them to connect with literacy through play and continue doing activities from home, cared for.
This is mainly due to the fact that boys and girls live in an environment where they do not necessarily have access to technology or not on a recurring basis (perhaps there is only one cell phone for the family group) and they do not necessarily have Wi-Fi.
For this reason, we are thinking of an alternative that is currently in the design stage to make proposals tailored to them for something they can do in the neighborhood and that stimulates their development. I hope to keep in touch.
Thank you for accompanying Pilares in their daily work!

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2018 was a hard year for Argentina, specially for children. Almost 50% of the children that live in Argentina are poor. This means almost 4 million children are growing up with basic needs unsatisfied, like access to health, quality education, proper household, basic feeding, among others. 

This year, more than ever, we had to make special efforts to be there for the children that come to the Education Program in the slum Villa 21-24, in the city of Buenos Aires. This program not only provides school support, which many times prevents school dropout, but also offers breakfast and lunch for 135 girls and boys ages 6 to 13 that live in vulnerable conditions. This means that 5 of the 7 days of the week they have the security and stability of receiving at least two meals. While this may sound like something for granted in many people's lives, it's not like that for many poor families in Argentina, specially in the last year.

But we know that, apart from food, there are other needs... like feeling appreciated, like having hope, like believing in theirselves. And that is the soul of the Education Program. A place of trust and love where each child can feel like home and be theirselves to find what they like, what they want to be in life, no matter the  context. We encourage each student to feel valuable, and to believe in him or herslef. Because that is the core of each child's future. 

We hope 2019 comes with more work, more children finishing school and more dreams coming true. 

Thank you for being with us all year long. We wish we can count with you next year so more children in povery conditions grow with equal opportunities. 

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Secondary students sharing the experience
Secondary students sharing the experience

In Argentina, 39% of the students who start secondary school drop out or graduate later than what is expected. For students living in poverty conditions, the amount rises to 62.5%.

At Pilares' Education Program we witness the complications that arise during the last year of primary school for the students and hack the possibility of continuing throughout the secondary. To make this transition easier, we created a workshop for 7th grade students that are preparing to start secondary school in Villa 21-24, the biggest slum in the City of Buenos Aires.

First, we encourage them to value their path through primary school... what they learnt, their effort to finish this stage, the friends they made. Then we start thinking about the challenges that secondary years present: the increase in the amount of subjects and professors, going to a new school and making new friends. 

 

Once we say out loud fears and doubts and we face them together, it's time to think about the different type of public secondarys that they can choose and think what they want for the future. So we visit the different public schools around the neighbourhood, we ask secondary students to tell them about their experience, we talk with the professors and, finally, we encourage their families to come to the program and proceed wtih the registration process.

In Buenos Aires, the public education system allows enrollment only through Internet. This is a restriction for many families that don't have access or knowledges to manage these tools. So at the Education Program we provide computers and assistance to facilitate the student's inscription to a secondary school. 

Only 15% of the parents of these students finished secondary school which means it's hard for them to give the propoer accompaniment to their sons and daughers in a moment of uncertainty and change like this one.

All this situations affect the children and discourage them from finishing school. Having a place to share their thought and feelings, and also learning about different opportunities they can achieve is one way to encourage them to keep on going. Thanks to your support we can sustain this workshop and all the Education Program to privde more and better tools for the children's future.

100% of the 7th grade students that attended the workshop finished primary school already registered in a secondary school. And that is, for us, the possibility of a better future. 

 

 

Gustavo and Axel listening during the workshop
Gustavo and Axel listening during the workshop
Education Program students and secondary students
Education Program students and secondary students
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We always try to share, through this reports, the heart of the Education Program so you can understand what we actually do everyday at this program in the heart of the biggest slum of Buenos Aires. On this ocassion we thought Eli's point of view would be very valuable for you to understand how we are working with the children. Hope you enjoy it!

Hey there!

My name is Eli Reynolds from Huntsville, Alabama. This past semester I had the incredible opportunity to volunteer with Pilares in their Education Program. I served as a tutor, who along with the other volunteers, assisted the children in the understanding and completion of their homework. In addition to this, we helped the English teacher through presentations and leading games in order to make the learning fun.

I volunteered every Tuesday from 9-12. A typical day was breakfast with the children, teaching English to 5th and 6th grade, general tutoring for 1st and 2nd, recess, teaching English to 1st and 2nd grade and then lunch. Teaching English provided such a great opportunity to excite the kids to learn about the culture I was from, literally through my language. I witnessed the kids excited to learn outside of the classroom which showed me the integral role Pilares serves to encourage children in their educational pursuits inside and outside of school.

 In Pilares, I witnessed so many dedicated teachers and volunteers consistently serving the children to provide a safe and encouraging atmosphere for them. On a daily basis, the children were receiving loving and intentional help on schoolwork, art projects, or even learning another language. I personally experienced the warmth of the full-time workers at Pilares in their whole-hearted acceptance of me as a volunteer, a warmth that is consistently shown to the children and the warmth that makes Pilares more than a place for the children to be: it makes it a home. This home encourages and equips children to pursue a better future for themselves and I saw the beauty in playing a small role in the midst of the very loving atmosphere that makes it all possible.

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Location: Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, CABA - Argentina
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