School Builds creating a safe place to learn
Quality Learning Environment
Children need a safe and inviting place to learn. Our schools provide the stability that makes learning possible.
The physical building is just the beginning! A three-classroom school is our initial, and often most important, step toward quality education. It is a symbol of the partnership between our long-term program, the community and local government. It also symbolizes new beginnings and hope. It is often the first official school building in the community, replacing makeshift structures or adobe buildings in desperate need of repair. Our collaboration with the community from this initial stage of programming is vital for creating sustainable change. School the World requires that 50% of the construction costs are paid for by the local government to ensure their support in improving education in their community. We raise funds from corporate sponsors and generous individuals for School the World’s portion of the infrastructure. The local community members dedicate their time and labor to assist with the construction. Working together, we change lives.
Power of Play: Education outside the Classroom
Most of the children enrolled in our schools go to work before and/or after school to help support their families. It is not uncommon to find children as young as 5 years old shining shoes, selling firewood or tending to a family farm or market stand. This leaves them with very little time for play. While developing literacy skills is the very cornerstone to our education, we believe providing young students a safe place to discover, imagine and explore is equally important. On the playground or through organized games, children develop social and cognitive life skills, mature emotionally and gain the self confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) through Play also leads to better behavior and increased focused within the classroom. Our staff in Central America use their trainings to foster leadership, promote cooperation and inclusion, and develop life skills necessary for conflict resolution through the use of our playgrounds and organized games. Our staff intentionally chooses recess games that require increased levels of teamwork and communication to build feelings of empathy and citizenship among our students.
The Impact of Play on Gender Equality
Aside from fostering SEL, play also serves as a tool in deconstructing traditional gender roles that remain prevalent in these regions. In a society that is culturally rooted in specific gender hierarchy and expectations, girls are able to break free from such constraints and experience equality through Play. One specific exercise that we strongly believe in is the power of co-ed futbol. This enables girls and boys to view each other as equals within the unity of a team. Although it starts on the field, this mutual respect and equality transcends to life at home and within the classroom. By breaking down gender barriers and empowering girls and women to view themselves as equivalent to boys and men (& vice versa!), progress is made not only within a community, but a region, a country, and the world