families by providing tablets to each family in the community of Arenal, where we funded the construction of a school in 2019. The tablets contain content to reinforce learning, both when schools are closed and within a hybrid capacity.
When schools closed due to the pandemic, students in Guatemala would not re-enter the classroom for 2 years. Children in Latin America and the Caribbean lost 4 times more school days during the pandemic than any other children globally.
Teachers within the community also received tablets as a resource within their curriculum and plan to incorporate into their classrooms when schools reopen. Families in Arenal received a tablet preloaded with learning resources including Ministry of Education Learning Guides, Khan Academy, Read Along, and Math Master. An additional Library of Books were also provided.
A survey of parents and teachers was conducted to assess the usefulness of the tablets.
100% OF RESPONDENTS INDICATED THAT THE TABLETS HAVE IMPROVED THEIR LEARNING
HERE ARE THEIR REASONS:
Parents reinforced these statements mentioning that their children learn in an easy and fun way, that this has encouraged older children to become mentors of younger children.
“We appreciate the help with our children’s tablets because they have improved in math and in reading. The children like to use the tablet more because they have games where they learn different things that help them in their studies. Also the tablets have helped a lot with homework since they aren’t in school.”
“We use the tablet frequently, which has helped in the teaching process during the hybrid mode. We leave tasks for the students, share recordings with instructions so they can perform the reinforcement exercises. We refer to videos and readings related to the topic that was taught and the children are asked to read and watch, so that their level of understanding increases.”
We’re pleased that our partnership with School the World has allowed us not only to bring education to the community, but urgent resources for continued learning.