Classes resumed yesterday after about two weeks of preparing to celebrate and actually celebrating Guatemala's Independence Day. Today was my first day to return as no computer classes are scheduled for Wednesdays.
It felt good to be on the grounds again with the teachers and children.
The teachers developed a new computer schedule which allows for classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The schedule allows a 45 minute break in the computer lab as the children have recess and snacks. Today, Kevin, the director, asked if I would teach English to the teachers during that 45 minute break on Mondays and Thursdays. Since some teachers need to be with the children, it would be six teachers one day and six teachers the other. I was glad to accept the invitation. I believe that this class will develop further in the next school year.
Another great thing was that today was the very first day that I could leave the 28 computers, cords and projector in the computer lab itself and not cart them back and forth. Ismael was able to get a metal door in place which provides sufficient security for the computers and other equipment and materials for the students.
This door is great for a number of reasons: 1. No more hugging and lugging and praying that no one dropped a computer. 2. No more cancellation of classes because of rain which prevented the hugging and lugging. 3. Greater access to the computers throughout the school day for the primeria and telesecondary students instead of just for select times of days for the primeria. In short, this should allow us to expand our programs and computer use five-fold. I am very excited!!
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012