The “Biblioteca” project in Huathua Lagunas improves the community’s 30 primary school students’ educational performance by offering reinforcement workshops in the afternoon. The workshops complement the more formal education children receive in the classroom with a fun, creative, and flexible program that challenges students to think critically, creatively, and learn positive personal, social, and environmental values. By linking these themes with dynamic activities based on the students’ interests, the students are developing the analytical skills necessary to grow academically while playing and pursuing their own interests and creativity.
By allowing students to engage in a fun activity and challenging them to make the link between the activity and a range of school course materials, students must: approach art and play from a critical and analytic point of view; practice their course content in a fun context; reflect on their learning process and outcomes in order to present and evaluate them; create creative connections between daily life and academic lessons.
We estimate that 30-40% of the curriculum is based on local indigenous knowledge (oral history and informal education). At least one half of our curriculum delivered in Quechua.