Israel helping Damaris with her work
Our Mano a Mano por el Desarollo project is doing everything possible to reach out to students in these times of crisis since they are no longer going to school. Teaching and learning have been hugely affected these past several weeks. For this reason, the program is doing its best to send learning activity materials that students can do from home.
Damaris is a 7-year-old girl in first grade. At the beginning of the year, she was excited because she was going to learn to read and write. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting closing of schools has interrupted Damaris’s learning. Going to school is the only avenue of learning literacy for many students, especially because their parents cannot read or write. Further, there are few technological resources available out of school, including access to computers, or even books, which makes it difficult for students to continue their learning. This crisis has highlighted the difficulties in providing a stable education, as well as the importance of literacy programs and education support.
With the learning materials that Mano a Mano, and our teacher Chonita, send to the students, Damaris is learning how to read and write from home. Israel, her older brother is helping her to recognize the sounds and letters of the alphabet. With Israel’s help, Damaris is making progress in her learning. Sending learning materials and homework to students is the most effective way the program has found in maintaining our students' progress. It often keeps them from getting bored at home and offers a familiar routine. Despite the critical situation the world is in at the moment, we must offer some educational support for the generation of the future.
Damaris coloring and learning the letters
Israel and Damaris working on their assignments