After a year of lockdown, our community library projects have been re-ignited. Last week, three communities in the municipality of Trinidad, Honduras recommenced their community meetings, working towards three new school-based community libraries that will open this year. Project Coordinator Walter Dubon attended the community meetings, guiding communities in the first steps of the process: … Continue reading Community library projects re-starting after a year of lockdown
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
“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!)
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!
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
Starting educate. has led us to do some pretty crazy things, but this obstacle-filled mud run might be the craziest so far! On Saturday April 21st, four educate. team members voluntarily subjected themselves to thick mud, barbed wire and electric shocks in the name of raising money for one of educate.'s projects: a library for Escuela … Continue reading Sponsored Mud Run – “I didn’t realise there were obstacles!”
At the International School of Panama, grade 6 students have been busy over the past term organising a book drive. From logistics to publicity to sorting and storing the books, the project was 100% student led. The students managed to collect a grand total of 438 books, a number well over their goal of 350! … Continue reading Reflections on a Student-run Book Drive at the International School of Panama
For many months now, we have been working with the Honduras-based non-profit Chispa Project to start a library at a public elementary school in the city of El Progreso, Honduras. Due to the chaos that followed the Honduran presidential elections, our plans were delayed somewhat, but we are very excited to have a concrete game … Continue reading El Progreso Library Update: Adrian Mejia School!