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Apr

A Summary of Inside HELP English

HELP English week has sadly come to an end! Thank you to everyone who took part and allowed us to gain a closer look into your experiences of the project. For an overview of the week check out our summary below…

 

On Monday we received a message from our HELP English programme manager, Tefa Vicedo.

Tefa

“Our biggest goal is that children in our communities are able to have a prosperous future with better opportunities. HELP English enables children to learn English from the age of 6 facilitating better learning when they reach high school. Nowadays it is very important to speak English as a second language, especially in a town that thrives upon tourism as is the case in Huanchaco. Our teachers work hard day after day to achieve these objectives.”

In Peru the English language is part of the government school curriculum. It is technically a requirement for schools to have English lessons. However, the schools in our area, like many others, are neglected and are not provided the resources or teachers to have English in their schools. So this is where HELP English comes in. The goal of this programme is to provide equal educational opportunities to students in local states schools. On top of this, it is widely recognised that speaking English is very important in today’s world, providing access to more jobs and educational opportunities.

We work with three local schools in and around Huanchaco. The first and the largest of the three is located in central Huanchaco with over 400 students, each class has approximately 30 students in a standard-sized classroom. The school is comparatively well-resourced and maintained and you can expect the children to have their own stationary and books, and the concrete classrooms to have blackboards and writing materials. The second school we work with is based just on the outskirts of Huanchaco. The school has grown into five classrooms to support 8 grades; in this school we teach 1st-6th grade which makes up only three classes, each classroom hosting two grade levels. Each class has between 10 to 18 students and these students do not always have access to their own resources and the resources of the school are scarce. The final school in this area that we work with is based in a shanty town just before Huanchaco. There are over 90 students attending this school but there are only three fully constructed classrooms. The 4th-6th graders attend class in two make-shift rooms built from plywood nailed together with tin roofs which last year received concrete floors. Similarly with the previous school these students do not always have access to their own resources and the resources of the school are scarce.

On top of the local schools in our area we also partner with the mountain community of Yanasara.

Un mensaje de nuestra gerente del HELP ingles programa Tefa Vicedo.

Uno de nuestros mayores propósitos es que los niños de la comunidad con la que trabajamos tengan un futuro prospero, con mejores oportunidades. HELP inglés ayuda a que los niños aprendan inglés desde la corta edad de 6 años lo cual les facilita el aprendizaje cuando llegan a secundaria. En la actualidad es muy importante hablar inglés como segunda lengua especialmente en un pueblo que mayormente vive del turismo como es Huanchaco. Nuestros profesores hacen un un gran trabajo día tras día para lograr estos objetivos.

En Perú, inglés es parte del currículum de los colegios. Sin embargo los colegios en nuestra zona no recibe recursos ni profesores para poder facilitar la enseñanza de inglés. Entonces, HELP Inglés facilitan los colegios públicos con profesores y recursos para la enseñanza de inglés. Además, el conocimiento del inglés va a facilitarles el acceso a un mayor cantidad de trabajos y oportunidades educativas.

Trabajamos con tres colegios locales en Huanchaco y su alrededor. El primer colegio, y el más grande de los tres, está situado en el centro de Huanchaco y tiene más que 400 estudiantes desde inicial a 6° grado de primaria. Cada aula tiene alrededor de 30 estudiantes. El colegio tiene ciertos recursos, y los niños suelen tener su propia cartuchera y libros, y el aula hecha de concreto tiene pizarras y materiales para apuntar. El segundo colegio está situado en las afueras de Huanchaco. Tiene cinco aulas para sus ocho grados, pre-inicial a 6° de primaria. Aquí enseñamos del primer grado al sexto grado, lo cual corresponde a tres aulas ya que cada aula tiene dos grados. Las aulas tienen entre 10 y 18 estudiantes. Los estudiantes no siempre tienen sus propios recursos, y los recursos del colegio son escasos. El último colegio con el cual trabajamos se encuentra en un pueblo joven justo antes de Huanchaco. Hoy día hay más que 90 estudiantes atendiendo el colegio, pero solamente hay tres aulas completamente construidas. Los estudiantes de 4°-6° tienen sus clases en dos aulas improvisados por madera contrachapada y techos de hojalata cual recién el año 2015 estas dos aulas recibieron suelo de concreto. Igual que el colegio anterior, los estudiantes de este colegio no siempre tienen acceso a propios recursos y los recursos del colegio son escasos.

A parte de los colegios de Huanchaco trabajamos con la comunidad Yanasara en la sierra.

 

On Wednesday we gave you a closer look into the experiences of our longest serving HELP English teacher, Faye Connolly. Head to http://otracosa.org/inside-help-english-life-teacher/ to read her blog!

Faye

 

Yesterday, we shared with you an interview with Maria Elena Moreno Quiror, the director of San Carlos, a local primary school. Since her arrival she has overseen the development of the school timetabling, an overhaul of student punctuality and laying concrete floors for classrooms in need. With all projects showing great results we look forward to working together for many more years to come.

Why did you choose to become the Director of San Carlos?
Because I feel that it’s an institution that needed a lot of help, and I give my best to make sure we continue progressing. But I think that this isn’t enough, much remains to be done in to continue the personal development, intellectually and emotionally of everyone.

How is your relationship with Otra Cosa Network?
Amicable, friendly and very close, because they receive our suggestions and respond with great support. For that we are so grateful.

Do you think they do good work?
I think so yes, because they give the children the opportunity of having English classes, working with hydroponic gardens and many other things, all great opportunities for all of us.

How do you think English functions in the Peruvian education system?
In reality and the globalised world within which we live it’s very important to learn English. Because we open other opportunities for advancing our knowledge and to this the Peruvian education system is giving more weight and importance.

Do you think our work will help the children in the future and in secondary school?
Yes, because they know they already have a base of knowledge to continue their studies in secondary school.

Porque decidiste ser directora/profesora del colegio San Carlos?
Porque siento que es una institución que necesita mucho apoyo, y estoy dando lo mejor para seguir Adelante pero creo que no es suficiente aun falta mucho que hacer en su desarrollo personal intellectual y emocional.

Como es tu relación con Otra Cosa Network?
Correcta, Amicable y muy cercana, porque reciben nuestras sugerencias y nos ofrecen un gran apoyo de lo que estamos muy agradecidos.

Crees que hacen un buen trabajo?
Yo creo que si, porque dan a los niños la oportunidad de tener las clases de ingles, el Proyecto de hydroponia y otros es una gran oportunidad para todos nosotros.

Como crees que la materia ingles esta funcionando en el Sistema educativo peruano?
En la actualidad y en medio de este mundo globalizado es muy importante conocer el ingles porque no sabre otras oportunidades para avanzar en el conocimiento y el Sistema educativo peruano le esta dando mas importancia y peso.

Crees que nuestra labor ayudara a los niños en su future en secundaria?
Si, porque ellos ya salen con una base para continuar sus estudios secundarios.

 

For more information on the specific positions available and how you can get involved with our amazing HELP English team please visit our page at http://otracosa.org/projects/help-english/. Positions are currently available from August – to apply head to http://otracosa.org/volunteer/apply/.

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