Schools of Paraguay

Piecitos Colorados

Schools of Paraguay

2424 piecitos colorados in  schools Asunción, Capiatá, J. Augusto Saldivar, Capitán Miranda, Ciudad del Este, Concepción, and Caaguazú.

Incorporated into the project in 2007, 503 children are taught there.

Location: San Lorenzo, Asunción.

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.

Socio-economic characteristics: Low-medium income level community. Most of the family members of pupils at this school have been able to complete secondary school.

Current situation:

  • Since its incorporation into Piecitos Colorados, the teaching staff, pupils, school directors and the pupils’ parents have shown greater motivation in the time devoted to classes and study. Improvement in pupils’ results reflects this change of attitude.
  • This school, which is somewhat peculiar, grants scholarships to needy pupils.

Incorporated into the project in 2008, 283 children are taught there.

Location: City of Capiatá, in Caaguy Cupe, Central Department.

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.

Socio-economic characteristics: Parents in the community are educated to primary level and the main language spoken is Guarani. Families work for the most part as street sellers, in agriculture and run small businesses. 70% of the school-going community is from the lower social classes and the children help out with the street vending pursuits.

Current situation:

  • The number of children enrolled at the school has tripled since its incorporation into the Piecitos Colorados project.
  • Computers with Internet access and sports and recreational facilities such as a children’s playground and goal posts, which were installed with the help of pupils’ parents, have been provided.

Incorporated in 2008, 493 children are taught there.

Location: Julián Augusto Saldívar Central Department.

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.

Socio-economic characteristics: Young population with primary school studies and underemployment jobs (day labourers and charwomen). Large families. Guarani is the main language. There are pupils with motor and intellectual disabilities. The school is located in a place where the inhabitants work in agriculture.

Current situation:

  • In 2013, the pupils held a day devoted to good, organic farming kitchen garden practices and the making of vertical vegetable gardens with recycled materials. Moreover, building improvements have been made to a class room to enable the conducting of more quality educational tasks.
  • Parents and teachers are working on extending the sports area and adapting the school setting to enable the pursuit of cultural and sports activities.
  • The school has received sports equipment such as football, volleyball and basketball balls, as well as goal posts, poles for volleyball and a basket for basketball practice.

Incorporated into the project in 2009, 38 children are taught there.

Location: Itapuá, in Capitán Miranda.

Characteristics of the infrastructure found: Toilets in bad condition. The ceiling refurbishing and a wire fence to mark off the centre were needed.

Socio-economic characteristics: Community of needy and very traditional families, made up of parents, children and grandparents or other relatives. A lot of children have not been entered on the civil register. Micro-farming is the biggest activity in the area, though domestic animals are also bred for family sustenance. High rate of school drop-outs.

Current situation:

  • The school has been rehabilitated and furnishing and domestic appliances have been provided so the school children can eat in decent conditions.
  • Delivery of computer equipment to support the education of the pupils, many of whom were getting to use a computer for the first time. Prosegur employees took part in the delivery and setting up of the computer equipment.
  • Pupils’ parents and others from the area took part in a literacy workshop given by a teacher from the community over three months with a view to supporting and promoting adult education.
  • The school received equipment to improve their kitchen garden, sports equipment and teaching materials.

Incorporated into the project in 2009, 756 children are taught there.

Location: Alto Paraná, Presidente Franco district.

Characteristics: Incorporated into the project in 2009, 687 children are taught there. Families are street sellers (quite often helped by their children).

Incorporated into the project in 2011, 286 children are taught there.

Location: On the banks of the river Paraguay, to the north of the Oriental Region in Concepción.

Characteristics of the infrastructure found: Building that is over 50 years old and greatly dilapidated. In addition to the building’s needs and the construction of a playground (for the youngest pupils), the furniture and library, among other items, needed to be renewed.

Socio-economic characteristics: The majority of the families in the area work in agriculture, livestock breeding and commerce. The parent’s academic level is very low in comparison to that of their children given that, since the opening of the secondary level institute, teenagers continue on with their education, completing their studies in basic sciences.
On the border with Brazil. Guarani is the main language spoken in the community. Teenagers help their parents with work in the fields.

Current situation:

  • Students from different nearby communities attend the school, thus the annual enrolment is increasing every year.
  • An action was undertaken by We Are All Piecitos Colorados – Prosegur Volunteers, involving 25 collaborators from the Concepción delegation along with parents, teachers and pupils working in the school kitchen garden. Moreover, all primary school pupils, as well as secondary and third cycle students, were shown how to tend and look after the kitchen garden.
  • An inter-institutional workshop was held on the initiative of Prosegur, at which work was done with each actor in the educational community in order to seek a way to ensure the sustainability of Piecitos Colorados.
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Incorporated in 2016, 65 children are taught in Caaguazú.