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Thursday 21 January 2016
 
Perù: children become teachers

 

In Bolìvar the first year in the new school San Francisco de Asís is coming to an end, with five classes of primary school and five of secondary school, for a total of 136 students. Let’s meet two of them: Claudia and Francis.

This year, in the primary school, we have decided to set up a system of multiple teachers, a method that has never been experimented before on the Andes of the Bolìvar province. Towards the end of the school year we carried out a specific assessment on this new teaching experience, separately meeting parents and students.

Remarkable progress has been reported in terms of learning; whereas one aspect resulted weaker overall was that of human relations.

For example Claudia, age 9, has had the courage to tell how her relationship with the math teacher was not as good. She felt that the teacher did not consider her as she wished or as she did with other classmates. The opportunity to clarify occurred during the “Youth Festival”, a special day that teachers organise for the students.

In Claudia’s class we could sense that the celebration could not start without a clarification and reconciliation. There has been an endless hug between Claudia and her teacher. «I love you very much Miss, says Claudia, but we cannot continue to argue.» «I don’t think that we actually really argued Claudia, replies the teacher, maybe we haven’t talked enough…from now on we will communicate more and you will see that everything will go just fine. » What to say? That day was a “true” celebration and everyone rejoiced the fruits of that reconciliation, even the parents that during the afternoon came to know what had happened.

Francis is 8 years old and attends the second year of primary school. He has the skills typical of a child with Down syndrome. His parents have found in our school what they were looking for some time: a welcoming and gentle place. But for us as well his presence is fundamental because it gives us the opportunity to experience what people are much talking about here in Peru: school inclusion without any distinction. With Francis we have experimented that love can do everything. With the love of the teachers and school mates, Francis is a happy child and integrated in all class and school activities: it is not surprising in the morning, for example, to see him offer himself to lead the common prayer. In the various educational areas he proceeds at his own learning pace. The communion with his companions, who have learned to accept and love him, it is extraordinary and has cheered everyone’s life.

Father Emeterio Castañeda

(AMU Notizie n. 3/2015)

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