For more than 10 years the Emmaus Piura school, which has been recognised by Peru’s Ministry of Education, has been welcoming children who don’t have access to the system of education.
We offer schooling for children aged 3-5.
Due to the school’s location in a rural area far from the city centre it has been of great use for the children of the La Campiña village in the district of Catacaos, Piura.
We try to improve our infrastructure year after year in order to provide the best possible care and education for the children.
Currently we have 1 director, 4 teachers, 1 person working in administration, 1 person in charge of cleaning and we also benefit from the occasional support of volunteers.
We work together with Emmaus Bougival, Emmaus Nanterre, Emmaus International, Emmaus America, and the children’s parents.
Every year we try to improve our infrastructure and refurbish the school. We are gradually bringing in a computer room, we are looking into having a well-stocked library and also having a roof over our playground.
This small school is not only a social initiative, but also a learning community, where we offer quality education inspired by the values of the Emmaus movement to develop critical thinking, and the capacity to seek and propose solutions.
We have stuck to our purpose even during the Covid-19 pandemic. The school is still working during this academic year and has recreated ways of teaching and providing care to families, despite the restrictions of social distancing.
Firstly, remote education systems are being used. The teaching staff prepares education materials, sheets and workbooks for the girls and boys, in line with the official curriculum. The families pick up the materials every day, submit the work completely by the pupils and communicate their achievements and difficulties. This ensures the continuation of learning and evaluation.
Secondly, synchronous and asynchronous online classes are taught, using the scarce technology available to families (mostly mobile phones) and families receive support through applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook and video calls.
The families are a key source of strength driving interest in education. We are proud to say that, in terms of education, these children have not suffered due to the pandemic.
Lastly, we are very grateful for the joint work of Águilas de Emaús and the teachers at the school.
With time we hope that we will be able to improve the school, both in terms of its infrastructure and in terms of our human resources. We could do this, for example, thanks to continuous training for our teachers, which would help them to keep up to date, or by moving ahead with the construction of new sections of the school which would allow us to educate more children.
We have been improving our school little by little and we have an increasing number of volunteers offering us their time and dedication.
As we have progressed we have seen that more and more families wish to enrol their children in our school. Unfortunately we cannot host all of these children as we lack the teaching staff and classrooms to do so.
We would like to improve our computer room and the play area, put a roof over the main playground, open a library and improve the façade of the building.