Piura – Peru
The Los Aguiluchos Emmaus School
THE CONTEXT OF YOUR INITIATIVE
For more than 10 years the Emmaus Piura school, which has been recognised by Peru’s Ministry of Education, has been welcoming children who don’t have access to the system of education.
We offer schooling for children aged 3-5.
Due to the school’s location in a rural area far from the city centre it has been of great use for the children of the La Campiña village in the district of Catacaos, Piura.
THE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT AS PART OF YOUR INITIATIVE
We try to improve our infrastructure year after year in order to provide the best possible care and education for the children.
Early years education for three, four and five year olds using an alternative curriculum, adapted to the context and educational goals for social change.
-Collaborative work with parents to ensure their active participation in: care and maintenance and six-monthly cleaning of the school; school support for children; improvement of infrastructure; procurement of educational materials.
-Coordination with local institutions (Ministry of Education, education region, Education Management Unit, district municipality, health centre, police) for the improvement of educational, health and safety, and environmental standards in the area.
-Promotion of local and international volunteer opportunities to foster the development of this school’s educational project.
-Dissemination and communication of the initiative, which is of socio-educational interest.
-Networking with other schools in Bajo Piura (the southern district).
-Improvement of the school’s infrastructure.
-New plans for remote teaching, interactive tools and gamification.
-Planning and outreach actions to seek financial, human and material resources that ensure the appropriate running of the school and its services.
WHO IS INVOLVED FROM OUR GROUP?
-The school team made up of a principal, three teachers, three assistants (in physical classes) a cleaner and a janitor.
-An educational management team consisting of three staff members (a manager, an educator and an educational coordinator) who are responsible for procuring resources and making relevant decisions to ensure the smooth running of the school. The educational coordinator (Verónica Palacios) is responsible for streamlining school administration and the link between the community and the school, among other tasks.
-Occasional local, national and international volunteers.
WHICH PARTNERS ARE YOU WORKING WITH ON THIS INITIATIVE?
Almost 940 children from La Campiña and other nearby villages have been taught at our school in recent years. The educational service has not closed once, not even during the peak of the Covid19 pandemic.
This educational service is outlined as creating equity, in terms of equal opportunities for these rural children; social justice for these families and their children who have an effective right to education and; effective educational quality through an alternative educational programme adapted to educational and social needs.
Important changes have been made to the infrastructure. Today the school has three standard classrooms, an audio-visual projection room, an art and natural sciences laboratory and a games library. The bathrooms have been improved and access to water has been secured. The classrooms are made of high-quality materials and suitable flooring. The playground has an asphalt surface.
School furniture has been improving every year. Projection and playback equipment and some basic desktop computers have also been purchased.
The APYMA (Parents’ Association) has been consolidated and has its own activity plan which it is very committed to the school, its maintenance and cleaning.
The school team has been very loyal. Julio and Verónica, the Principal and Educational Coordinator respectively, have been with us practically since the beginning of the project.
All the school classes were approved during the high-level educational inspection by the Educational Management Unit. The teaching, learning and assessment systems are recognised and endorsed by government bodies, families and society.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD ANY INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INITIATIVE?
WHAT ARE YOUR PROSPECTS?
The sustainability of this educational project through the school is linked to being able to rely on partners with long-term commitments to this initiative.
As the school is a not-for-profit entity, which has been set up as a social initiative for poor families, the budgets each year will be enough if, and only if, we can rely on external economic support and material every year.
The growth of the school in developing new services requested by the local people (such as the request for primary education), which we are working on incorporating, will also depend on a group choosing to support this expansion of our educational project.
We also need the donation of a van for local and inter-provincial transport.