The Importance of Working in Groups

On Saturday, December 10, teachers from CAFRED schools had their monthly training session with Alberto Barillas.

He explained to them the importance of working as a team. This process encourages diversity of thought among members. Listening to the opinions of everyone in the group leads to a better decision-making process. It is important to have a final decision where everyone has had their ideas taken into account.

Also Alberto said that schools in rural areas might work not only with their students, but with the community members at large. School is not like a place far from the reality that is happening around them. It is necessary that the families of the students and the students as well get involved in different activities, not only the academic ones. They should have activities that revolve around their daily routines.

CAFRED tailors its programs to the community’s needs and standards, because the reality of each community is unique. Working together between the school, the students and the community helps the community to refine its identity.

Communication is vital and respect for the autonomy of the community allows programs that they have implemented to be improved upon by themsleves later, thereby building capacities. The community must feel ownership of the process and the school.

  by Saúl Maravilla

Regional Director, CAFRED


Why should teachers really know their students?

On Saturday, November 26, teachers from CAFRED schools had their monthly training session. with Alberto Barillas and Ada Montano (Sra. Montano is Chief of Inclusive Education for the Salvadoran Ministry of Education).

This training session was completely different from all the ones that this year that have been given to them. It is January – almost the beginning of the School year in El Salvador and teachers have a lot of things to keep in mind to improve the way that they work.

The goal is make CAFRED schools inclusive, and to complete this goal, it is necessary to really know the students that we have.

Alberto told the teachers that to get to know their students well,  they must carefully analyze the specific needs of each child.

Sra. Montano stressed the importance of the students becoming involved in their communities. Communities will develop as the students begin to understand the dynamics of their environment and how to impact it for the better.

Also, it is very important to keep in mind that the children who are “sobre edad” (performing below the traditional grade level for their age) feel vulnerable, and can easily become targets for bullying. Therefore, it is necessary to closely identify their needs and keep them in the school system. The methodology that the teacher is using may need to be modified a bit, so that everyone reaches the goal of finishing their studies.

 by Saúl Maravilla

Regional Director, CAFRED