“There is a deficiency, a poverty of books in our country,” says Magdaly Perez, Trinidad’s head Kindergarten teacher. Unlike many rural areas, Trinidad has a public Kindergarten where children in pre-school age come every day during the mornings to learn. It’s a small one-story building covered in brightly painted murals, a yellow wall surrounding it … Continue reading Trinidad Kindergarten Library: A Year and a Half Later
Happy holiday season to our community around the world! This December, we are collecting books for our 6th library project in Honduras, this time at the El Tigre primary school. Our relationship with this school is a special one. Lisa, one of educate.‘s directors, taught English classes here for a year back in 2014, and … Continue reading Christmas Book Tokens: Buy a book for the El Tigre primary school!
This past summer, two new educate.-funded libraries were inaugurated in Honduras. Both were located at small, rural public primary schools, where one teacher has all students from first through sixth grade in a single classroom - no small feat, especially with the limited resources both of these schools struggle with. Both projects were also led … Continue reading Two new libraries once again show the power of community leadership
If you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that there has been a lot going on in Honduras recently. Since a US-backed military coup d’etat in 2009 that ousted the democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya, Honduras’ right-wing Nationalist party has been in control. In 2017, President Juan Orlando Hernandez changed the constitution to allow himself … Continue reading “We have to fight for our rights as students:” University students speak out about Honduras’ ongoing protests
In honour of Pride month this June, this blog focuses on the struggles of Honduras’ transgender community, featuring stories of discrimination but also of resistance. Written by Dr. Sayan Dey and educate. director Antonia McGrath. Sayan is an Assistant Professor at Amity Law School in India and much of his work focuses on decoloniality and de-constructing … Continue reading Stories of violence and resistance: Transgender rights in Honduras and the formerly colonized world
“When children see their lives reflected in the books they read, they feel they and their lives are not invisible.” - Malorie Blackman. At the very first educate. library inauguration, in July 2018 at the Adrian Mejia School in El Progreso, children were clambering on their friends’ shoulders to peek through the window into their … Continue reading Latin American Children’s Books: Why Representation Matters (+ Book Recommendations!)
This post is the first of a series of blog posts that will explore the ideas behind educate.'s "anti-service" philosophy, a philosophy that focuses on the idea(s) of decolonisation. Dr. Sayan Dey, the author, is an Assistant Professor at Amity Law School at Amity University, Noida in India. During my childhood days, I was always intrigued … Continue reading ‘Low Class’ people = ‘Low Class’ treatment: Colonial equations, Decolonial counter-equations
The start of a new year means educate. is taking on a new university scholarship student! educate.'s university scholarship programme provides excellent, high-potential students from low-income backgrounds in Honduras with the opportunity to continue their education to the university level. This year's recipient will become the third person to go to university with educate.'s support. Out of … Continue reading 2019 educate. Scholarship Student: Javier Reyes
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”?
We believe community-created libraries can fundamentally transform learning environments at schools. Books broaden horizons, open minds and inspire creativity. This Christmas, we’re reaching out to everyone in the educate. community to ask for your support in helping us start libraries at two rural primary schools in Honduras that will do just that. We recently launched … Continue reading Buy a Book for an educate. Library this Christmas!