Percy in Umachurco (Calca Province)
Percy is a civics and history teacher in Umachurco (Anta) who is getting great results from Visionaria for Schools program.
For the first time, his 9th grade students are looking beyond their current difficult circumstances to think about their positive qualities, their futures, and are achieving high marks in the civics class as a result. It turns out that asking students what they want for themselves and their future can be fun, and get them focused on what matters.
Percy can focus on his students more too, knowing that Visionaria grading tools and training have helped Percy to justify the higher grades to his skeptical principal who has a hard time believing that students with poor marks in math, reading, and history, could be getting high marks in the “personal and civic development” course. It’s no mystery, Percy credits the Visionaria curriculum and support he’s received to uncover the potential of his students, and substantiate his teaching quality in the process.
Visionaria grew out of the realization that women and girls who are supposed to benefit from international development projects are too often left out of their design. So we wanted to bring the design questions to students in schools, by creating a movement WITH teachers. As our Regional Director Paola Saldivias commented, "it’s important to be able to achieve a 'mindshift' among even the most skeptical teachers and parents. They often want students to focus on math and science, and not these ‘softer’ skills. But we show them the importance of developing youth leadership and addressing potentially harmful gender norms in the process." Percy's classroom is a great example of how Visionaria can really energize classroom hours and students who are ready to pursue their potential!
Umachurco from Above