Keeping Kids in School (KKIS) and Little Learner Initiative – Mexico
We are glad to introduce our new literacy initiative in Mexico!
Together with DIF School (Playa del Carmen) and Keeping Kids in Schools (KKIS) volunteer organization our direct representative in Mexico, LLI-Mexico, started literacy and English instruction programs for homeless, neglected, abused children who are living in dangerous or extreme poverty conditions.
Our first in series of programs started at DIF school with 47 children, but their number is rapidly growing.
Education: These children are not a part of the regular public schools, they are part of the 10-17 Open Education program called IEEA Quintana Roo. Students work at their own pace and receive no grades.
The children who attend this school are homeless, neglected, abused children who are living in dangerous or extreme poverty conditions. They are referred by Social Workers at DIF. Only children between the ages of 10-17 attend this school. Children who have reached the age of 10 and never attended school can also go to this school and are taught using the kindergarten thru 3rd grade curriculum. Some live at the school full-time and some return home each day to work or live. Children as young as 12 years old can attend this school and then receive special work permits to work up to 4 hours a day to earn money for themselves to buy food. Their jobs can range from convenience stores to grocery baggers to selling newspapers. The children also eat their main (and usually only) meal at the school. All food to the school is donated with very little protein, vegetables or variety. The children usually come with no backpacks or school supplies. The LLI-Mexico is collaborating with KKIS Project to provide English classes three days a week using the ” Little Reader” English software curriculum as their core English instruction for all children.
Each volunteer works with 6 to 10 students. Each child receives an English notebook. Children start with writing known common English phrases such as , “How are you?” “Fine, thanks.” “How much does this cost?”. Bingo games with taught vocabulary words from Little Reader, is fun!. Volunteers continue to support the English program throughout the year.
Volunteer teachers reviewed the ” Parts of the face ” , vocabulary that the kids had learned from the “ Little Reader”. Each child received a white board and marker to record the parts of the face. The volunteers had flash cards with photos and printed words to show the kids. The children labeled all the parts of the face in English. Great fun and great artists!