“More than ever this year, I am grateful to God for allowing me to study here at Oasis. I have all my school supplies – backpack and uniform as well as teachers who are helping me learn new things. I never wanted to study before, but now that I am in school, I want to learn more. I want to become a lawyer.” – Amelia, 15
New Year starts with a new school year here in Guatemala. Our residential program school resumed in January with a new educational coordinator and additional teachers to enhance the onsite teaching program.
We are delighted to have Xiomara Monroy as our new Education Coordinator. A certified early childhood development psychologist, she is also an experienced administrator. Her presence raises the support for trauma-informed care for the girls in our Oasis and La Arquilla programs.
Due to the challenges posed by the pandemic, we have decided that all students will study on our Oasis campus. To support this initiative, the Guatemalan education department stepped forward to assign four teachers – one for special education, two for middle, and one for primary school.
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Backpack still on, a young student looks through the window at the schoolyard. With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, Oasis has increased its teaching capacity to provide on-site schooling for all our students.
Joanne (left), Director of Oasis Residential, presents her new teaching team to Kids Alive staff. Pictured second from left to right – Mariana, 7th-9th grade teacher, Katherine, 4th-6th grade teacher, Lueyly, Nursery Coordinator, and Xiomara, Educational Psychologist.
The kids are so in love with their colorful new backpacks that they reluctantly set them down only for the team-building games. Our thanks to those who provided these backpacks!
Team-building activities kick off the school year, helping reduce the anxiety of being in a new situation. Teachers break kids into small groups for ice-breaker games and other activities.
A new school year means new opportunities and for some children their first opportunity to learn in a real classroom setting. These young ladies are embracing the new year with great expectation.
A book, blue skies, and the shade of a tree, a perfect combination to relax after the first week of school. The home in the background accommodates up to 10 girls.
Young ladies in middle school learn the traditional Guatemalan skill of embroidery, beginning by hemming the fabric’s edges. The next step will be to embroider something simple like their name.
Some children refused to part with their new possession even during games and played with backpacks on their backs! The team games broke the ice, and the students were all smiles and hugs.
Meaningful learning happens at all ages at Oasis. A young lady from Casa Ester works with a toddler in the nursery sorting colors and shapes.