Piecitos in Paraguay

Schools of Paraguay

1842 piecitos colorados in schools San Lorenzo, Capiatá, J. Augusto Saldivar, Capitán Miranda, Concepción, Caaguazú and Alto Paraná.

Incorporated into the project in 2007, 586 children are taught there.

Characteristics of the infrastructure found: Lack of space in which to give classes to all school grades, as well as a shortage of class furniture, books and teaching materials. Need for advice on food and nutrition matters for pupils.

Current situation:

  • Since its incorporation Piecitos Colorados, the teaching staff, students, directors and parents have a greater motivation, which is reflected in the time they devote to both classes and studies.
  • Classrooms were built for grade, management, secretarial and computer rooms with the necessary furniture.
  • Initially, a teacher was hired to teach computer classes and, when the Technical Computing Baccalaureate was completed, a server was provided and 11 with the necessary tools for students to learn how to assemble, configure and connect the Computer Lab as a network.
  • They received books and other didactic materials for the library, such as a projector, an audio system and screens.
  • To encourage sports, sports teams were handed out and the playground and sports ground was paved with the help of Prosegur volunteers.
  • In 2013 the school received the visit of 2 volunteers from the Empieza Foundation for Education (Exe), who worked for 1 month with teachers and students of the institution.
  • The Course of Art Initiation of the Prado Museum has been implemented in which 110 children have participated.
  • The school has 4 graduated students who were benefited with the Prosegur Talent Scholarships to pursue their university studies.

Incorporated into the project in 2008, 239 children are taught there.

Characteristics of the infrastructure found: Poor school that receives very little government aid. The school needed toilets for boys and girls, a proper space for sports activities, a lunch room and an equipped computer room.

Current situation:

  • The number of children enrolled in the school has tripled since the incorporation of the educational center to the Piecitos Colorados program.
  • A dining room, two modern sexed bathrooms and a sports court were built on the playground with necessary sports materials such as soccer balls, volleyball and basketball.
  • A library was equipped for students and teachers with computers, a printer, internet connection, furniture, reading books and sorting bins.
  • The school has a playground area suitable for children to play.
  • Within the educational improvement phase, in 2014 the school received the visit of 2 volunteers from the ExE Foundation, who worked for 1 month with the faculty and students of the institution.
  • The Course of Art Initiation of the Prado Museum has been implemented, in which 82 students have participated.

Incorporated in 2008, 525 children are taught there.

Characteristics of the infrastructure found: A school in appalling condition with the roofs full of leaks and damp walls. There is a latent risk to pupil safety (one of the class rooms has a roof that is about to collapse due to a breakage in one of the rafters). Lack of proper toilets for the number of pupils, as well as a decent lunch room.

Current situation:

  • A kitchen-dining room, sexed bathrooms were built, and all the classrooms were upgraded, including improvements in the electrical installation and air conditioning of the classrooms.
  • Computers, printers, TV, projector and screen, internet connection as well as other educational materials were delivered to improve the development of classes.
  • As of 2009, school kits with supplies are delivered to all students of the school.
  • Within the educational improvement phase, in 2015 they received the visit of 2 volunteers from the ExE Foundation, who worked for 1 month with the faculty and students of the institution.
  • In 2016, several educational workshops were held: healthy eating, aimed at mothers and students; HIV and evacuation and fire prevention.
  • In 2017, the school library was built becoming the first school in the area to have a space to promote student learning and research.
  • During 2017 and 2018, a total of 270 2nd and 3rd cycle students participated in the Art Initiation workshop at the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

Incorporated into the project in 2009, 21 children are taught there.

Characteristics of the infrastructure found: Wooden classrooms, without electrical installation, toilets in poor condition and without access to drinking water. It was necessary to reform the roof, make classrooms of material and build a fence that delimited the center.

Current situation:

  • The school has been rehabilitated with two classrooms, modern sexed bathrooms, provision of drinking water and improvements in the electrical installation. In addition, furnishings and appliances for the kitchen-dining room were delivered.
  • The school also received complete computer equipment, whose installation was in charge of the employees of Prosegur, with the aim of supporting the training process of the minors, many of whom had access to a computer for the first time in their lives. Currently, they have 10 teams.
  • They received more furniture, projector, screen and didactic material for the library, such as reading books.
  • To encourage sports, a sports track was built and the necessary materials were delivered, such as soccer bows, basketball baskets and balls. It also has a playground for the development of recreational activities.
  • In addition, thanks to the volunteers, the school garden was built and tools for maintenance and care were handed out.
  • Since 2014, teachers have been hired so that students can access computer classes, crafts and physical education.
  • In 2017 the school received a visit from a volunteer of the Foundation Start to educate (ExE), to work for a month with teachers and students of the institution.
  • They have implemented the course of art initiation of the Museo del Prado in which 14 students have participated.

Incorporated into the project in 2011, 384 children are taught there.

Characteristics of the infrastructure found: Building with more than 50 years old, with a great deterioration. In addition to the needs of reform and the construction of a play area for children, it was necessary to renovate the furniture and the library, among others.

Current situation:

  • The institution is attended by students from different nearby communities, so the annual enrollment increases every year.
  • Classrooms were built and the pavilion's infrastructure was maintained in order to ensure the safety of the children. Thus, the school has an adequate space for sports and a playground with several games.
  • Several volunteer actions have been carried out, in which employees of the Concepción delegation, parents, teachers and students worked on the construction of the school garden. In addition, the services of a professional were hired to work with the parents of the community and teach all the students of first, second and third cycle how to care for and maintain the garden.
  • 6 computers were delivered with all the accessories and with internet connection for 1 year, a next-generation printer and a television. In addition, a teacher was hired to teach computer classes for 3 months. 
  • The school was endowed with a sports track built by the parents and necessary equipment such as bows, nets and soccer balls, basketball and volleyball.
  • In 2017 the school canteen was built as well as kitchen utensils, scales, stadiometers with base and wooden kits to support the Nutritional Guide.
  • We have 5 graduate students benefited with the Prosegur Talent Scholarships studying university studies.
  • They have implemented the course of art initiation of the Prado Museum in which 80 students of third cycle have participated and have also had the opportunity to visit for the first time museums in the city of Concepción.

Incorporated in 2016, 74 children are taught in Caaguazú.

Characteristics of the infrastructure found: The school had 5 classrooms of which 3 were of wood in very poor condition; they did not have tile roofs or the appropriate electrical installation. The school had 2 bathrooms for both sexes in terrible condition.

Current situation:

  • The school has been rehabilitated thanks to the construction of 2 new classrooms, a room for initial level, 2 sexed bathrooms, perimeter fence of the property and improvement of the electrical installation.
  • The services of an Agronomist have been hired to teach students and teachers how to care for, maintain and take advantage of the organic garden food.
  • Thanks to the employees of Prosegur a playground has been built as a recreational space for the students.
  • Since 2016, students receive school kits, with pencil holders, colored pencils and backpacks, as well as didactic materials such as reading books and audiovisual equipment to improve educational quality.
  • In 2018 the school received the visit of a volunteer teacher from the Fundación Empieza por Educar (ExE), to work for a month with the teachers and students of the institution.
  • In total, 26 second-cycle students have begun the Art Museum of the Prado.
     

Incorporated into the project in 2017, it educates 39 students.

Characteristics of the infrastructure found: The school needs a reconstruction of a pavilion with 2 classrooms and kitchen-dining room: fix the ceilings, floors and walls, as well as enclose the premises for greater security and improve the electrical installation that was in terrible conditions.

Current situation:

  • The pavilion of 2 classrooms and kitchen dining room has been reconstructed; perimeter fencing of the property and improvement of the electrical installation. 
  • Thanks to the volunteers, another 2 classrooms of the institution have been painted.
  • The students of the school have taken the Art Initiation Course of the Prado Museum.