By Antonia McGrath A group of International Development Masters students at the University of Amsterdam recently organized a film screening and panel discussion event featuring the film ‘Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden.’ This was part of a course on Education, Development and Social Justice, and as one of educate.’s directors, I was … Continue reading Schooling the World: Should we be Exporting “Western Education”?
Last weekend, we had our biggest event to date: a Latin Dance Party (aka 'Fiesta Bailable'). The whole event was organised by an incredible group of Honduran women who cooked up a storm of traditional Honduran food that had the table legs creaking under its weight - everything from baleadas and pastelitos to yuca con … Continue reading Fiesta Bailable para Honduras en Delft
(Versión en Español mas abajo) La Lima, a small city in Honduras, is steeped in history. In the 1960s, most of the North Americans from the banana corporations that flourished at the time lived here. The Tela Railroad Company, part of the well-known Chiquita brand, was also based here at the time, and one of … Continue reading “For every 100 students who enroll, most don’t make it to the end”: Bringing books to La Lima, Honduras
Versión en Español mas abajo On a sunny Thursday morning in Honduras, a truck laden with the books and desks rumbled its way up through the Honduran coffee-farming countryside to the rural town of Trinidad. Far too big for the town’s narrow streets, the truck barely made it to the school’s entrance, where the carpenters … Continue reading “Viva la Biblioteca” at Escuela Guadalupe Ulloa
Along the colourful streets of Trinidad, Santa Barbara, just out of the centre, is a small one-story building covered in brightly painted murals. Trinidad’s only kindergarten has just over 100 children, and though resources are limited, the posters and paintings that cover the walls both inside and outside create a warm, friendly atmosphere. Though it … Continue reading Closing the Gap in Early Literacy
A library inauguration party is key to creating a sense of value for the community of this new space. It acts as a celebration of the work they have completed, and creates a sense of anticipation for the opportunities to come. Chispa Project, through whom we have been working to start the Adrian Mejia primary … Continue reading A Celebration of Literacy in El Progreso
It is our responsibility to ensure that the scholarships we offer are actively promoted amongst communities where university may not be on the radar for today’s youth. With this in mind, we recently gave presentations at two public high school in Honduras, reaching almost 100 students from extremely underprivileged backgrounds.
(Versión en español abajo) A stack of miniature tortillas, ground beef, carrots, rice and tomatoes are heaped onto child-sized plates. Three mothers busy themselves handing out plates of food to the twenty-something chattering children in the room, sitting in two lines down a long wooden table that splits the room in two. All in their … Continue reading Community Comes Together to Create Nutrition Centre
(Versión en Español abajo) “Why do we read?” In the small, aluminum-roofed classroom, seven pencils scribbled. Chairs scraped on the concrete floor. A fan spun lazily in the corner, ruffling pages. On each desk sat a shiny children’s book, carefully selected from the new library. “Don’t write directly on top of the books - … Continue reading Starting a School Library that Actually Works
I grew up in a place where humanity is trumped by ambition for power and territory. From a young age, I watched people get shot and collapse lifeless in the dust. When that kind of violence surrounds you, life becomes meaningless. But that is how my life was built: amongst violence, power and poverty – things that can corrupt anyone.