As every year, the children of Limpio were entertained on occasion of the week commemorating Children’s Day in Paraguay.
This time, due to the impossibility of celebrating in person, stimulation and skill development kits were delivered. These materials are not only entertaining, but also contribute to the development of their motor skills, as well as their spatial and logical-mathematical intelligence.
This delivery of presents was carried out with the support of Children Believe, through the management of the 11 principals of the Network of Schools, who made it possible to deliver the kits to each of the families of the children participating in the Limpio Sur Program.
This year, the psychopedagogist Ana Paulo joined the celebrations on occasion of Children’s Day, contributing with her creations, in this case, the “Alma en Calma*” bags (Calmed Soul).
The kits contain different elements designed by the professional, proposing alternatives that combine entertainment with activities that allow children to control anxiety and impatience. More than 700 children between 3 and 5 years old received the Alma en Calma bags, thanks to the support of Children Believe.
As part of the activities to support school management in the context of the pandemic, masonry hand washing stations with running water were built and put into operation in 10 institutions of the Network of Schools in Limpio.
Through the support of Children Believe, these hand wash sinks were set up in order to facilitate hygiene measures and thus comply with the protocols established by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare in terms of prevention measures against COVID-19.
The Office of Defense Cooperation of the American Embassy, by means of the Humanitarian Assistance Program, along with Fundación Alda, made the donation of printing, copying and scanning equipment to be used with educational materials as well as additional supplies and spare reams of paper to 10 schools of official management, which are members of programs and projects by Fundación Alda.
The aim of this donation is to strengthen the education of children from pre-school to 9th grade, facilitating access and production of school materials to work from home in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and distance education modality.
In this way, despite the physical distance, Fundación Alda keeps on accompanying the teaching-learning process, providing solutions to the obstacles imposed by connectivity or technology within the framework of distance learning.
On August 25th, the research “My school, my community, my life: protected and free from violence. Learnings and challenges in the promotion of rights, prevention and response to gender-based violence in Villa Elisa, Villeta, Guarambaré and Limpio (Paraguay)” was presented through Fundación Alda’s social networks, as well as the material of recommendations called “The right to a life free of violence: How to strengthen the implementation of the legal framework. Recommendations for schools and other institutional actors”..
The event had Lucía Paulo, the foundation’s Executive Director as the host. Likewise, Dr. Jordi Longás, main researcher of the work, Dr. Dominique Demelenne, member of the multi-actor team, and Mr. Enrique Gauto from the NGO Decidamos, Campaign for the Expression of Citizens took part in it.
The document contains lessons and challenges as a result of 3 years of work on the project “My school, my community, my life: protected and free from violence” promoted by Fundación Alda with the support of the European Union in Paraguay, which was carried out in 18 schools of the Central Departament.
As usual, young people members of the Joven Adelanteproject engaged in dialogue circles to reflect, develop assertive communication skills, generate critical thinking and learn how to manage stress as a result of the vicissitudes posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This month, in which the topic addressed was “What is to be competent?”, four virtual meetings were held in small groups as a way to generate a more dynamic flow of conversations. The spaces were moderated by Lic. Verena Bardella, coordinator of the prject and a tutor of each group.
In this way, the virtual meetings are being consolidated as spaces where young people not only learn and socialize, but also have the containment and receptivity of professionals and facilitators from Fundación Alda.
In August, 63 young university and high school students had the opportunity to participate in a workshop called “Let’s talk about sexual and reproductive health”.
This workshop had as a guest Dr. Celia Vázquez, gynecologist and obstetrician specialized in Child and Adolescent Gynecology and Legal and Forensic Medicine, who, with a language adapted to young people, presented realistic and reliable information on sexual and reproductive health.
In addition to bringing to the table a very important topic for young people, given the changes of this stage of life, the meeting was used to help them become multiplying agents of information within their communities.
The activity, carried out through the Zoom platform, was developed within the framework of the monthly training workshops for young participants of Fundación Alda.
11 principals who make up the Network of Schools of Limpio, had the opportunity to listen first hand to the report of the directors Lida Ayala, Sandra Servín and Wilma González, who participated in a meeting in Spain last February as part of an exchange of educational experiences. The initiative was part of the project “My school, my community, my life: protected and free from violence”, carried out by Fundación Alda , with the support of the European Union in Paraguay
During the meeting, held through the Zoom platform, the professionals shared with the directors of Limpio the experience of meeting authorities and teachers from various educational institutions around the world in their training sessions in Madrid and Malaga
Another issue on the agenda was to organize the work schedule and actions of the Network of Schools of Limpio in order to reach agreements with the different educational actors on the specific activities to be developed in the coming months.
The principals’ commitment, even in times of uncertainty and social distancing, results in great progress through networking, strengthening and supporting each other, achieving a positive impact on the lives of children and families.