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LA CALANDRIA is an alternative school in Vilcabamba, a village located in the Andes of Ecuador, South America.
LA CALANDRIA is an alternative school founded in 2009, based on the need of a group of parents, who wanted to give their children a different education. Currently, LA CALANDRIA is the only alternative elementary school licensed at Vilcabamba, our school grades goes from Kindergarten until Elementary School (7th Grade).
In our school, each child is supposed to work out their knowledge autonomously to follow their own way of learning and thinking. Our children take part in decision-making! They partake in decisions regarding activities, procedures, rules as well as their own learning process.
The pupils of our school reflect the intercultural community of Vilcabamba, where natives and foreigners from all parts of the world live together. They learn and evolve together and benefit from their diversity in culture.
In our school, kids have the opportunity to discover and explore their individual needs and interests, their creativity, their self-respect, their talents and above all their pleasure to learn. They are able to evolve naturally in a trustful, respectful, stress-free and motivating, as well as affectionate and harmonic environment. A trustful relationship between teachers and students increases their willingness and ability to study and supports integrated learning. We give them a chance; they become successfully in life.
The school is financed from school fees which unfortunately doesn´t even cover the monthly costs!
As it is our first priority to provide local children with the opportunity of our education, we have set the fee as low as possible because most of them come from very poor families. Due to increasing rent levels, rising wages and social benefits, the monthly costs are inevitably getting higher and higher.
PLEASE HELP US! HELP US TO REALIZE THE DREAMS OF THE KIDS – LEARN WITH JOY.
Any donations that you can spare will make a difference!!!
All funds would be used for the following purposes:
- Lease for the school buildings and large property
- Financing teacher salaries and social benefits
- Purchase of laptops for computer education
- Training for the teachers
- Creation of small learning spaces on the property
- Building of natural playgrounds and climbing facilities in the outdoor area
- Acquirement of further didactic material, books and educational toys