What we do
We go into the poorest communities where :the highest concentrations of out-of-school children can be found: and we recruit them. When we have enough, we either open our own school or else gain the use of a classroom in a local state school: and there we begin the rehabilitation and education of these children.
1 - Teachers, Social workers, mothers and sometimes volunteers go
into the barrios looking for child laborers and semi abandoned children. They recruit them, meet their mothers, generally spread our message throughout the community.
2 - With 10 children we start meeting their families and comm- unity mmbers.
We explain our mission - to get these children help and education: and we ask for the parents and communities to cooperate
.3 - With acquiesce of the children, agreement of moms and community: we begin start to teach.
4 - In the summer - when school is out - we work with kids who are young enough to put in the first grade(children who would not have
gone to school had we not found them). And when it is time for school to start they are well prepared; we pay their registrations, uniforms etc. (always trying to get the families to participate as much as possible)..Our success rate at getting these children into school is 85%; at keeping them there for the first two years: 80%.
5 - During the regular school year we recruit and teach children who missed their opportunity to get into school when they were young
enough to enter first of second grade; and now it is too late for them: children aged from 8 to 18, many illiterate or nearly so. Of these children many can be brought up to the level of education required to get into regular school at or near to the grade they should be in, had they been going to school all these years. Our success rate at this is 60%. Of the 40% who do not get into school during the first year, half will get in later, and the rest we will continue to educate ourselves.
6 - Once we have gotten children into state school, we continue to work with them; visiting at least once a
monthto hold a club meeting, at which we give prizes for attendance and grades, play games, provide snacks, and the social workers help
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