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).
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.
Student from Self-Sustainable School was selected among 500 applicants
The last year of high-school is often critical to decide what students want to do for the rest of their lifes. In this sense, the experiences they have at this stage in life in critical and could make a profound impact. Many study show that the interest of girls on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is equal or more than boys in highschool. However, a agender gap in participation starts to appear as girls take fewer of the more advanced STEM courses and tests as they get closer to college. This gap widens the longer girls are in school and is often compounded by issues of race and class. This might be different for a rural girl in a Self-sustainable Shcool in Paraguay.
Ana, a 3rd year student was selected along with other two paraguayans to participate in the Bayer Scientific Camp Kimlu 2020. This event took place in Valle del Elqui, Coquimbo Region, Chile from March 4th and 14th. This initiative is co-organized by Bayer and Fundación Ciencia Joven, with the collaboration of the Center of Advanced Studies on Arid Zones (Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Áridas-CEAZA, in spanish), that focuses on outdoor activities, science, technology, engineering and math looking to contribute to the next generation of leaders in these topics in Latin America. Students were selected based on their interest and aptitudes in STEM areas. In total, 40 students from Paraguay, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay were selected among 500 applicants.
The main objective of the Scientific Camp is to promote the development of scientific skills and leadership in all participants. Students participated in outdoor activities such as workshops, sports and others to enhance their leadership skills through various dynamics. Moreover, they had to develop a collaborative scientific investigation. At all times, students were immersed in an environment of high demand, teamwork and discussion, where they had to use their skills to solve problems with scientific focus.
The Mbaracayu Educational Center (CEM) participated in the School Enterprise Challenge and one first place at the Canindeyú Department level and third place nationally. The School Enterprise Challenge is run internationally by Teach A Man To Fish and organized in Paraguay by Fundación Paraguaya.
First year students work together to create a business producing and selling dried orange peels. They worked very hard and displayed great leadership. The School Enterprise Challenge engages students at schools across the world to create enterprises that generate an impact and involves the entire educational community. Entrepreneurship training is carried out for all those involved so that they have the necessary tools to carry out their business.
Former students of the Mbaracayú Educational Center (CEM) who received scholarships through an agreement with CEM, formed an Association of Alumni, called the Brotes Association of Mbaracayú. It has the objective of generating and supporting social and environmental innovation enterprises with high growth potential that aim to meet the objectives of sustainable development (SDG). Of these SDGs, the Association has 6 prioritized objectives: Quality Education, Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, and Partnerships. They will work in the Departments of Guairá, San Pedro and Caníndeyu. This has been a pleasant surprise for all of us and we believe in the potential of the women and that this Association will be very successful.
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