We refuse to believe that it costs thousands of dollars to teach children to read and we don’t think the answer is to expect underpaid teachers to buy materials for their overcrowded classroom. So we have taken the research, knowledge, techniques and strategies that were developed in the United States and have modified them to work in Nicaragua.
Spanish is a phonetic language, and is notably easier to teach than English. Teaching children to read doesn’t require large amounts of money, computers, or iPads. It requires basic resources like flashcards, activities, games, songs, books and skilled teachers who understand the process. So we are designing a reading curriculum that is simple and uses 100% recycled materials, making it feasible to implement in any underfunded classroom.
Students are learning faster than expected and the progress is evident. The Ministry of Education has noticed the improvement and invited us to participate in teaching trainings this year focusing on literacy and creative classrooms. They are making a very genuine effort to transform their education system into a more dynamic, fun, inspirational and successful institution that produces citizens with the possibility of living up to their full potential.