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.
Regional Director, CAFRED