Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay

by Fundacion Paraguaya
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Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay

 

In September, the students of The Centro Educativo Mbaracayu (located in the center of the Mbaracayú National Forest Reserve of Paraguay), participated in the “Expressions of Empowerment” competition, an initiative from the International Youth Think Tank (IYTT), which purpose was to showcase unique innovative venture to transform academically founded arguments into artistic expressions.

The International Youth Think Tank (IYTT) is a Gothenburg-based initiative that mobilizes young people towards the goal of promoting a democratic movement based on the values of the open society.

These were the students who took part of this competition, Roció Casagrante, Diana Villalba, Cessia Aramí López, Carolina Mbyvangi, Ester Tykuarangi, Jazmín Torres and Carina Bejaro. Their project is a beautiful artwork, which was made with Aché Arroyo Bandera and Avá Guaraní community wood-carving techniques. This artistic expression has been one of eleven selected pieces out of a total of twenty-six sent from around the world.

The digital art exhibit opened on October 1 at the Athens Democracy Forum: https://youtu.be/FjGXDgHBaAo.

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Students in online classes
Students in online classes

The Mbaracayu School continues to make its best efforts to continue providing education to female students from nearby communities.

The situation of the country has not changed much, the risk of spreading the virus and deaths remain high. Vaccinations have started but are not yet available for young people. In general, educational institutions have adapted, but distance classes are still difficult. The economy has improved a bit but a long recovery is expected.

We started the year with a mixed modality of face-to-face and virtual classes, the Mbaracayu school has been forced to suspend this methodology due to COVID infections among female students. Classes are held only remotely, taking care of the well-being of their students. Using different media and digital platforms, teachers continue their lesson plan. Carrying out follow-ups by Whatsapp and telephone consultations.

The School is expected to receive students again at the boarding school starting in August.

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Student Portal
Student Portal

Given the consequences of the pandemic and the difficulties that virtual classes entail, donations were used in the previous period for the installation of a student management portal at the Mbaracayu School.

After the first stage of installation and especially the asociation to the portal, in conjunction with a general (face-to-face) training for the teachers, we continued to a second stage. In this period, two (virtual) trainings were carried out for teachers to reinforce and use the portal's functions, with the aim that teachers can correctly handle the portal and familiarize students with it. It also start the uploading personal and school information for each of the students.

Finally, once the installation and training stages are concluded, the beginning of the school year is expected to start with the use of the portal. This year the school applies the hybrid class system. This means that there will be both face-to-face and virtual classes.

The students will begin their return to class with a training on the functions of the student administration system.

The portal promotes the administration of student information and generates greater ease of contact between student / teacher.

The beneficiaries from this project are teachers (10) and all students (50) of the Mbaracayu School. The ages between 15 to 18 years old, and 32 to 58 years old.

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Student Portal
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Training Session on new Student's School Platform
Training Session on new Student's School Platform

Due to the consequences of the pandemic, one of them being the closure of Educational Institutions and the implementation of online classes, it was necessary to have a technological tool through which students could continue to learn and maintain contact with their teachers.

With the funds raised for the project, a student platform was developed and implemented in Mbaracayu seeking to facilitate contact between students and teachers. The portal allows the students to receive and submit their assignments, receive content and educational materials, maintain contact with teachers. Additionally, the platform will also enable students to evaluate their teachers and manage their entry and exit permissions from the institution.

Moreover it keeps the academic and field records of each of the students. Furthermore, it will serve as a means to follow up with students once they graduate to collect information about what the alumni are doing (studying, working,etc.).

As a first stage, a training session has been carried out for managers and some teachers in order for them to  discover the Student Portal, seeking the correct appropriation of the tool by teachers and students. In a second stage, the students will be able to use this tool from their mobile devices (cell phones).

Students' School Platform
Students' School Platform
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Virtual book launch
Virtual book launch

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, our school switched to home school and home office in order to protect the health of our students, teachers and collaborators. Teachers received training and guidance on how to use digital platforms and we were able to reach 70% of our students. Students that did not have internet access in their houses received their assignments daily by professors, taking in consideration all health related measurements. 

Despite these challenges, the school participated in the 2020 Virtual Book Fair, organized by the Roosevelt Library, part of the American-Paraguayan Cultural Center, in Asuncion. During the Book Fair, the Director of the school and students representatives participated in the official launch of the book "Sustainable Adventures in Mbaracayú", a book for children inspired on the native protected forests of Mbaracayu, where the school is located Also, during the children’s week of the book fair, two students narrated stories of the book for children.

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Virtual book launch
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Fundacion Paraguaya

Location: Asuncion, Central - Paraguay
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Viviana Rojas
Asuncion, Paraguay
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