In addition to the many pre-school programs conducted by the teaching staff, VAMOS' after-school educational projects are an important complement to the elementary education of poor children attending our ten community centers.
Kids from 3 to 15 years old living in impoverished neighborhoods around our centers are invited to attend two hours in the morning or in the afternoon. Most of these children attend regular public schools but there are some who don't attend any school. For them, VAMOS is their only place to learn. Help for pre-school kids is a critical part of our mission.
Alejandro Lõpez, VAMOS' Project Director, notes that the teaching programs concentrate on two areas: elementary mathematics and Spanish. "We adopt the official content per grade, according to the Public Education Ministry. This way, students review with our teachers what they have learned or what they are about to learn at their respective schools."
Preschool students have their own curricula designed by the staff. Upon arrival, children are placed in groups by grade level. Catherine John, a member of the EDFK board, recently completed a year of volunteer work in these schools.
There is now a "Traveling Library" with about 700 books which are used for reading practice by all grades and ages. The library is moved every month from one center to another.
In 2010 VAMOS provided educational services to 802 children from 3 to 15 years old and currently VAMOS employs 42 teachers and educators to work with those children!
Remember! When children are very hungry, they cannot learn and they rarely succeed in raising themselves out of poverty.
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