The Education Program collaborates with two to four schools along Arajuno Road during the school year (typically September- early July). We teach literacy through multicultural children’s literature with an emphasis on student-centered, project-based learning which uses students’ cultural and linguistic backgrounds as assets and resources in building global language and communication skills. English is introduced through additive bilingualism (or trilingualism in the case of our students who speak one of Pastaza’s 7 indigenous languages). Additive bilingualism is a method which values the need for children to maintain a strong cultural identity and linguistic competence in their native languages.
We hold an annual summer camp during school vacation (July-August). Camp is a fun and constructive atmosphere for children to continue learning and playing. The Project is advancing with additional activities in the areas of non-formal education and youth development to continue supporting our students beyond the primary school classroom. We are currently open to proposals from volunteers with a background in education and related areas who may be interested in designing and implementing specific short-term programs for any age-group from infants to the elderly in our new Community Center.
The following initiatives define the focus of school partnerships: