From state school to STAR school

The El Manguaré Foundation supports local schools in poverty-stricken neighbourhoods in the city of Iquitos, Peru. By working together intensively with school boards, teachers and the immediate environment over a three-year period, it is able to significantly improve the standard of education.

In Peru’s Amazon region children are sent to state schools. The El Manguaré Foundation supports a number of these schools through the introduction of an interactive lesson programme using the STAR method. This method focuses on aspects such as learners’ self-esteem and self-confidence, early intervention, technical reading skills and textual understanding and numeracy through play.  By deploying such methods the foundation aims to break the vicious cycle of poverty and illiteracy in underprivileged neighbourhoods.

Regional improvements

Over the next three years at least 30 teachers at the Sarita Colonio state school will be trained in positive and dynamic teaching methods. Each year around 200 children will learn reading, writing and arithmetic. Alongside the support offered to the state school, the foundation offers four training sessions annually to 30 to 50 teachers from across Iquitos. That way it can reach out to an even bigger group of teachers and their pupils!

'Most of these pupils gain a better grounding in the basics to see them through the rest of their school career and their future lives'

Dreams of the future

An added bonus of this project is that the children don´t only develop academically. Previous results have shown that as the project progresses, children increasingly start to believe in themselves and their chances of a better life in the future. In addition the new teaching method contributes towards a good social atmosphere in class and greatly enhances parent and family involvement.

Client and employee commitment

Monique Creuwels of Rabobank Parkstad Limburg nominated this project for support from the Rabo Foundation Employee Fund. One of her customers drew her attention to the work done by the El Manguaré Foundation after working there as a volunteer. The foundation´s projects appealed to Creuwels. `What I found particularly important was the fact that the foundation focuses on a sustainable, small-scale approach aimed at children. I´m very proud that we as Rabo Foundation are able to support this project through the Employee Fund´, says Monique.


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