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Our Schools

5 Children and one adult standing in front of a wall
2 children sitting in front of a school with lunch box

Schoolhouse 1

Hermosillo, Mexico

Launched October 2018

The Issues:

  • The community where our schoolhouse was placed is called Cafe Combate, an area of Hermosillo that lacks basic infrastructure such as roadways, clean water, electricity and other basic necessities. Extreme poverty, drug abuse, and violence are major community issues that this slum is working to overcome.
  • Many of the children that are part of our program are orphans or are being raised by single parents that lack formal education themselves. These students have not attended formal schools and most are far behind grade level standards for their age.
  • The local schools in this area are extremely overcrowded, so students can remain on waitlists for months or even full years. They end up getting behind and the cycle continues because some my not be able to continue school because they are so far behind their classmates. 

 

The Solutions:

  • GSI has created a curriculum that is being taught to a class of over 15 children in their native dialect of Spanish, so these students can bridge the gap and are able to join their peers when space opens up at the local schools.
  • The class is taught by a local mother, who volunteers her time each day, in a community center that is maintained by the City of Hermosillo.
  • We have partnered with a local NGO to bring education to this community and make sure that our schoolhouse stays up to date with new lessons and supplied with basic classroom essentials. Continuous and immediate support is given to the schoolhouse team so that this program can continue for years to come.
Large group of African school children
Children writing on paper at school

Schoolhouse 2

Kasese Town, Uganda

November 2018

The Issues:

For decades this region in Uganda have faced extreme violence in various insurgent and military conflicts, one of which was in the last few years.

Due to the conflicts in the region, there are large portions of the population that are vulnerable. War widows and their children are common in this community. These women and children lack access to resources and the educations to better their situations. Access to quality education, health care, and food are major issues that the Rwenzori region of Uganda faces.

This challenge in Rwenzori is much attributed to low entrepreneurship skills, high school dropout rates, early pregnancies and marriages, and subsistence agriculture despite the destructive impact of climate change.

The Solution:

We have partnered with an organization called Educate a Child International to bring our schoolhouse to Kasese Town. Volunteers with Educate a Child will coordinate teachers for our lessons and will bring our content to over 300 children in their community.

Our lessons have been translated in the local dialect, the Lhukonzo language, so that it is accessible for students and their families.

This is one of the few places that students within their community are able to access free education.

Global Schoolhouse Initiative staff working at computer
schoolhouse art mural on wall

Schoolhouse 3

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

December 2018

The Issues:

Residents of the Playa del Carmen community live in substandard housing that is located a short distance from the major tourist locations in this area.,They are living in the jungle, without access to basic infrastructure such as electricity and plumbing.

Although public schooling in free in Mexico, these children are unable to attend due to cost of transport to school, which works out to about $3.00 USD a day. Their remote location, of the grid, posses many obstacles for attending school.

The fees for school lunches are also a major factor that can discourage school attendance, thus leaving children home to care for themselves, often without adult supervision.

Most of the children in this community will never attend any type of formal school  so they rely on the free education from The Global Schoolhouse Initiative to provide them with the knowledge and resources to survive throughout their lives.

The Solution:

Thanks to a member of our international team, we were able to establish a connection with members of this community that have worked tirelessly to build a school within their jungle community.

This team of local women feed near 100 children two meals a day, while also teaching our curriculum.

This provides a form or safe childcare for these kids, a quality resilience based education, and the opportunity for families to work, free from worry about their children’s safety and success.