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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Incorporated in 2016, 65 children are taught in Caaguazú.