Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama

by Ensena por Panama
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Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
Provide Quality Education for 850 Youth in Panama
School children
School children

HOLA AMIGOS! Thank you for your donations! Due to your generous contributions, Enseña por Panamá has been able to keep growing, reach more students and prepare better teachers. Fifteen out of thirty teachers are located in Chiriquí province, the second most important province after the capital. Chiriquí is known as an agricultural province, composed by many different ethnic groups. Among them, the Ngäbe Bugle and Emberá tribes; both have extremely low social indicators. 

 

Frederick Espinosa holds a degree in Environmental Engineering and is currently in his second year of the program, working as a mathematics teacher at the Guarumal Telebásica School in the province of Chiriquí. He has been constantly concerned with giving differentiated support to students who require it in basic aspects of reading, writing and basic operations in mathematics. One day, in a conversation we had with other program teachers about their development as educators, Frederick told us about Joseph, a student who had previously attended a technical school where they only taught technology classes and who also had responsibilities at home because his mother suffered from a disease. Consequently, Joseph until a year ago seemed like a withdrawn student with little participation in the classroom and at school. Everything changed when it was Frederick's turn to coordinate a civic act within his school and it occurred to him to assign Joseph the role of Master of Ceremony, who with the help of Frederick, had greatly improved is reading and writing schools. " After one of the civic events Joseph approached Frederick and told him that nobody had ever trusted him, and that although he missed the computers of his old school, he preferred to receive the applause of the public for his impeccable reading skills. 

 

Thanks to your donation, teachers like Frederick allow students like Joseph to feel safe in school, excited about learning and in a learning environment that empowers life skills.

 

If you would like to reach one of our new teachers or students, please access our website, www.ensenaporpanama.comor write to us at info@ensenaporpanama.com.

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Issacs in action
Issacs in action

HOLA AMIGOS! Thank you for your donations! Due to your generous contributions, Enseña por Panamá has been able to grow, reach more students and prepare better teachers. We want to share the journey and story of one of our teachers, Isaacs who is in his second year of the program and teaches history to 7th, 8thand 9thgraders.

 Isaacs was born and raised in a rural area and when he was in the 8thgrade, he was awarded a placement in one of Panama’s top public schools for his academic excellence. He recalls that his favorite professor was his history teacher because he captivated the classroom with stories. Whenever I visit Issacs I see that same spirit in him, he truly brings history to life. One day he was giving a class about historical era’s and when talking about the Modern Era and the Age of Discovery he asked around for a quarter to show his class how history lives in their pockets! His students were looking at Vasco Nunez de Balboa, a Spanish explorer and conquistador. It is safe to say that none of his students will ever look at a quarter the same. 

After teaching for a year Isaacs recognizes that to this day, the biggest challenge he faces is helping students realize the value of education. Isaacs tells me that students are not interested in most of their classes because other professors usually stand in front of them and read directly from a book. Isaac’s students often challenge him asking “why do I need to know this when I can simply look this up online?”Isaacs sparks his student’s curiosity in history by incorporating dynamic exercises. He makes learning fun by reimagining how he would have liked someone to teach history to him. For instance, when teaching his students about rock art and cave paintings he did not just have students read about them, but he made them relive history. Isaacs covered his classroom with manila paper and had his students communicate with each other using only a marker. He asked his students to communicate that they were hunters and after the exercise he showed them actual cave paintings. His students were surprised to see how what they drew was similar, if not the same as actual cave paintings and were eager to learn more about cave dwellers. 

If you would like to reach Isaacs or get to know more about his story and that of his students, please access our website, www.ensenaporpanama.com or write to us at info@ensenaporpanama.com.

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Teacher in action
Teacher in action

HOLA AMIGOS! Thank you for your donations! Due to your generous contributions, Enseña por Panamá! has been able to keep growing, reach more students and prepare better teachers: We received 750 applications for 25 available teaching positions at our organization.

It was a record number of applicants but also a record number of teachers who accepted the offer and finished our intensive SUMMER TRAINING INSTITUTE, which took place in January and February 2018. Our new teachers taught Math, Spanish and English during the morning at a summer camp we had organized at a nearby public school, reaching over 120 at-risk students (also a record number). In the afternoon, our teachers would learn teaching and classroom management techniques, leadership and community involvement skills, among other topics. Our SUMMER TRAINING INSTITUTE was a huge success.  The school administration was empowered and invigorated, the parents were in awe of the changes they saw in their children’s’ behavior in just a few days of camp and the students were motivated to come to school and truly learn.

One of the most motivating SUMMER TRAINING INSTITUTE moments was when we met our student Francisco’s mother. During our first day of camp, Francisco arrived two hours late, dressed in inappropriate clothing and fighting with anyone that crossed his path. School administrators told us he was one of the school’s most challenging students; he had one of the lowest school attendance rates. At the end of our first week of classes, Francisco was a completely different person; he was on time, motivated and respectful. When we met his mother, Jeanine, she mentioned that it was the first time in her life that her son woke her up to go to school. Francisco was not only waking up before but making sure his homework was complete and delivered on time. Even though Francisco was 14 years old, he was still struggling with basic math. His Enseña por Panamá teacher, who was a trained engineer who had graduated from the top engineering program in the country, was able to teach and explain what no other teacher had done in 8 years of school. We are thankful to the school, parents and students that trusted us and made this experience possible.

If you would like to reach one of our new teachers or our summer schools students, or, please access our website, www.ensenaporpanama.com or write to us at info@ensenaporpanama.com.

Meeting student's parents
Meeting student's parents
Innovative teaching techniques
Innovative teaching techniques
Sharing among peers
Sharing among peers
Largest parent attendance rate in school history
Largest parent attendance rate in school history
Meeting the community
Meeting the community

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EBDUM
EBDUM

HOLA AMIGOS! Thank you for your donations! Due to your generous contributions, Enseña por Panamá! has been able to keep growing, reach more students and prepare better teachers: We have some amazing news and we want to share the story of one of teachers, Karielys, with you:

 

Before joining Enseña por Panamá, Karileys was working as a psychologist in a well-off clinic near her home but decided she wanted to make an impact in the lives that most needed her. When she joined Enseña por Panama she asked for the most challenging teaching post in the program and was assigned to EBDUM school, one of the top three at-risk schools in Panama City. The students in EBDUM (7th to 9th grade school) had been expelled for academic or disciplinary reasons from their prior school and this was seen as their last chance in the educational system. Karielys was assigned as the ethics teacher (to all students) as well as 9th grade counselor (a group with a 27% graduation rate).

 

After two years of hard work and dedication, long commute hours and many smiles and tears, she won the first prize in a national competition in value and ethics. Historically, it had been a prize won by seasoned teachers in some of the prestigious schools in the country, but Karielys, a new teacher in the lowest performing school in Panama City was the winner!  She had started planning her project over a year ago; she included all classes but specifically targeted the students she counseled. Karielys got in contact with coaching experts and with Enseña por Panama supporters that would help her become her student’s life coach. With the help of her students and their parents, Karielys developed a detailed and realistic life-plan for her students and a measurable road map. It was a feat- the students only dreamed of being soccer players and hair stylists but Karielys motivated them to reach for the starts. She taught them to be perseverant, to be a team player and thrive for excellence in whatever they do. Karielys significantly diminished student dropout rates class and graduated 91% (64% improvement rate) of the students in her counseling group. Parental involvement (crucial factor that affects student drop out), almost nonexistent (5% attendance to school events) before the program, rose to 70%. Kariely’s project was a huge success!    Karielys hopes to expand her project to other teachers and students across the country.

Last week we recruited our third generation of teachers; 25 young professionals who will continue to positvely impact the lives of more than 1200 students and their communities. Thank you for believing and supporting our cause! 

If you would like to reach Karielys or get to know more about her and her students, please access our website, or write us an e-mail, info@ensenaporpanama.com. 

Kariely's in action
Kariely's in action
Ethics and values national award
Ethics and values national award
Award ceremony with school members
Award ceremony with school members

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Ensena por Panama

Location: Panama City - Panama
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Lorena Valencia
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Panama City, Panama

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