Every day, 160 children ranging from 6 to 11 attend the primary school. This is where they learn how to develop into free, happy, creative children, who can think and act independently and responsibly. So that they are fully equipped to leave the poverty-stricken circumstances they are living in.
The children who attend the primary school come from the very poorest families in the region. These are vulnerable families suffering from serious problems such as poverty, alcohol, abuse and illness. The parents are not able to raise their children and to give them the attention they need.
The education at school is good and solid, geared towards developing children who can venture into the world with self-confidence, and who are enterprising and show initiative, so that they can solve their own problems and make decisions in the future. And grow up to become individuals with an eye for the world in which they live.
The family gets help too
A condition for attending primary school is that the families become actively involved. The medical-pedagogical team makes periodic home visits to provide information and offer help. In this way, school and family work closely together. At the school for parents, once a month on a Saturday, the parents are given explanations and lessons on the educational plan that the children follow. This way, the school helps the children while at the same time improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable families in Urubamba.
The school day
Each group consists of 25 children. They are taught according to the curriculum of the Peruvian ministry of education, including English lessons. The 5-day school week runs from Monday to Friday from 8.00 till 16.30. This is what a typical day at school looks like:
- The children arrive at 8 o’clock and have lessons until 13.00.
- There is a short break from 10.15 until 10.45 when they are given a nutritious snack and a cup of tea or a healthy soft drink, after which they can play outside.
- Lunch time is at 13.00. The lunch is tasty and nutritious. The bread is donated by Hotel Tambo del Inca. Then they brush their teeth.
- At 14.00 the practical lessons and workshops start in Quechua, computer skills and creativity, dance and movement.
- The bell rings at 16.00 to signal the end of the lessons.