Piecitos in Uruguay

Schools in Uruguay

335 piecitos colorados in 4 schools: Canelones, Paysandú, Tacuarembó y Salto.

Incorporated in 2009, 76 children are taught there.

Location: Paysandú Department.

Characteristics of the infrastructure found: Very small class rooms for the number of pupils, toilets (including piping) are in very bad conditions and the ceiling has leaks. School furniture is very worn and there is not enough for the pupils.

Socio-economic characteristics: Rural area. Families with very low income. Parents play a key role in the educational community as they look after the maintenance of the school (cleaning, food preparation for the infants, etc.).

Current situation:

  • Rehabilitated school. Maintenance and building work on a further class room are under way. The school has a kitchen garden-greenhouse which, in addition to teaching pupils in different areas, is used to provide it with its own provisions.
  • Crafts workshops have been held for mothers and several extra-curricular activities have been organised such as a neighbourhood fair, as well as recreation days for children with inflatable toys, etc.
  • The pioneering project developed by the school and aimed at “Niños Desertores” (Child Drop-outs) in the community is worthy of special mention. This project seeks to broaden the opportunities for children who have experienced academic failure.
  • A guide, particularly adapted to the on-the-ground reality of this school and its pupils, is to be delivered in 2014. This has been drafted on the basis of the results of the nutrition survey carried out during the second phase of the project – Nutrition Instruction.

Incorporated in 2010, 9 children are taught there.

Location: Los Helechos trail, Tacuarembó Department.

Characteristics of the infrastructure found: Numerous defects such as dampness and wall deterioration. Difficult to access toilets.

Socio-economic characteristics: Adverse socio-economic context in rural area. High unemployment in families or unstable jobs. No access to health services or electricity. Children come to school on foot, by bike or on horseback (distances of 2 to 3 km).

Current situation:

  • The school infrastructure has been fully repaired to better meet pupils’ needs. The school also has a kitchen garden-greenhouse and a farm where hens and pigs are bred. In addition to forming part of the pupils’ education, these also serve to provide the school and families with their own provisions.
  • Workshops and several extra-circular activities have been held to strengthen the integration of both the children and their parents. Work has also been done on motivating different areas to support improvements to education levels.
  • A guide, particularly adapted to the on-the-ground reality of this school and its pupils, is to be delivered in 2014. This has been drafted on the basis of the results of the nutrition survey carried out during the second phase of the project – Nutrition Instruction.

Incorporated in 2011, 106 children are taught there.

Location: Violetas, Canelones Department.
 
Characteristics of the infrastructure found: Infrastructure problems caused by deterioration of the piping. Need for another class room. Toilets in bad condition.

Socio-economic characteristics: Rural area. Low income families. The school acts as a socialising and culture promotion institution. Parent involvement in activities at the school is vital.
 
Current situation:
  • The first phase of the project was completed with the building in 2013 of the class room that was needed. Repair work will be finished in 2014.
  • The school also has a kitchen garden-greenhouse that serves to provide the school and families with their own provisions.
  • Several sports-related workshops and activities are planned for 2014 to promote basic, healthy food habits and to encourage the integration of children and parents, together with the Prosegur Uruguay volunteer team.

Incorporated into the project in 2018, it educates 134 students