We are now in our fifth week since opening our newly renovated classrooms, and things are going very well. Last week we had our first evaluation, after which we will place the children in their permanent groups according to their reading and learning levels. Below you can see photos of a classroom of our restored school, and of Lourdes in the center of Panglao, where we also have a classroom for STEPSprogramm. Every day we teach between 45 and 50 preschoolers.
Here at the celebration of the founding day of the United Nations, which is celebrated here every year at the end of October in all schools. This year, the celebration had to be postponed due to a heavy storm.
The other day we held a short seminar for the kindergarten teachers of Panglao. The meeting was arranged by the vice mayor, who had also visited our school before and was happy about our wish to cooperate again, like before the pandemic, with the local schools and day care centers. On the picture on the right you can see a container school, which is supplied with electricity by solar cells and will be independent from the local electricity companies from now on. It was donated as a prototype by a Chinese friend who wants to help the community by providing this type of classroom at cost. The mayor of Panglao, who also visited us recently, shows great interest in promoting this kind of container schools in remote places.
In Samar we have 4 centers using our STEPS program and 3 more are being opened soon. Adults also join in the learning.