Since our last update, the women of Awamaki’s Spanish teachers cooperative have continued to improve their teaching skills, and are constantly looking for ways to expand the success of their cooperative. In the past few months, the women have opened new lines of communication between themselves and their students in an effort to identify gaps in both their teaching style and their curriculum. Together, the women have decided to create evaluations to distribute to their students through which the women hope to learn new ways they can improve their classes. A tight knit group, the women of the Spanish teacher’s cooperative work very well together, and because of this they have been able to come up with some really effective ideas and plans of action over the past few months.
Alongside of their teaching commitments, the women of the cooperative have also been participating in computer and English classes held here at the Awamaki office in Ollantaytambo every week. As the women themselves work to improve their technical and idiomatic skills, they can continue to become qualified teachers with the appropriate knowledge needed to educate others. With your support, capacity building and skills training will remain successful and thriving, and the women of the cooperative can keep on building blocks of success for the future.
Goals for the women are always adding up, and at last week’s meeting the teachers expressed their interest in learning to teach Quechua so that they can teach others interested in learning their native language. The cooperative also hopes to gain some basic marketing skills so that they can begin to promote their own classes and programs. Most of the women in the cooperative agreed that what they need right now is support from the staff and volunteers at Awamaki; support that will allow them to develop their own outreach strategies and expand their teaching efforts into niche markets in Ollantaytambo, such as Quechua. Skills, like those of marketing, will put power in the hands of the women, allowing them to make their own decisions and eventually assume complete responsibility of the cooperative.
The considerable successes for Awamaki’s Spanish teachers cooperative would not be possible without the kind and continued support of the organization’s donors. Awamaki’s GlobalGiving donors have aided the development of the cooperative, and now with continued giving will be supporting improvements and advanced skills training amongst the women involved. Each dollar donated positively impacts the women’s lives in a profound way, and allows them to develop expertise of their own that will help them continue to support themselves, their family and their community!