Santa Rosa Fund Newsletter 38

SANTA ROSA FUND NEWSLETTER Registered Charity No. 1028085 Issue 38, November 2011 Supporting educational initiatives and projects in Nicaragua a postcard for your friends With this newsletter you will find the Santa Rosa Fund’s new postcard. Please pass this on to a friend or family member with a recommendation that they become one of our supporters. We are grateful to Doug Specht, who served as a volunteer teacher at the school in Managua in 2007, for the design and a
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  SRF Newsletter 38 November 2011, p.1 SANTA ROSA FUND NEWSLETTER  Registered Charity No. 1028085  Issue 38, November 2011   Supporting educational initiatives and projects in a postcard for your friends With this newsletter you will find theSanta Rosa Fund’s new postcard . Pleasepass this on to a friend or family memberwith a recommendation that they becomeone of our supporters.We are grateful to Doug Specht, whoserved as a volunteer teacher at theschool in Managua in 2007, for thedesign and all arrangements for theproduction of the postcard.  SRF Newsletter 38 November 2011, p.2 El Viejo Youth Centre – a report One of the projects funded by the Santa Rosa Fund through our partner organisation, the BerrizSisters, is the work of the Recreation Centre in the town of El Viejo. The centre is named as the ‘Teodoro Kint Recreation Centre’ after a Dutch priest who used to work in the Cosigüina Peninsula of which El Viejo is the municipal town. It is the major youth centre for the town and the municipalityand it is a significant fe ature of the Santa Rosa Fund’s support for education in Nicaragua. William Vargas Díaz is the Director of the Centre and recently sent the following report of i ts actiities in and   translated for our newsletter.   The following is a report of the activities which I carry out as Coordinator of the Teodoro KintRecreation Centre. Adolescents’ Club   This group has been in existence for two years. It’s made up of boys and girls of 12 –  16 years old.They have educational sessions on four themes:    Sexual and Reproductive Health    Gender and Masculinity    Care of the Environment    Non-ViolenceThese are lively and participative sessions. Apart from theeducational sessions, there are also sports sessions in the afternoonsin which all are involved. This group is also actively involved inyouth festivals in which all of the other groups in the Centre are involved too. The club’s activities are assisted by youth volunteers who meet every week to plan the specific theme for the week. Themajority of the group are male and for this reason one of our mainthemes is masculinity, which deconstructs the view that many menhave of machismo and relations with friends, girlfriends and family. Monitoring the FAH Volunteers   (FAH is the Fundación de Amigos de Holanda  –  Dutch Friends Foundation, which has a long historyof working in the Cosigüina Peninsula and works in particular with our partner organisation, the Berriz Sisters.) This is the activity of organising the FAH volunteers (those in receipt of a grant from the FAH) invarious spaces: library work; with Casa Esperanza (aninstitution which works with people with learning andphysical difficulties); at the Recreation Centre itself; andin rural health centres. Monitoring of the work is donemonthly to ensure attendance and commitment Youth Volunteers  This group is made up of young men and women aged 16  –  21, 75% of whom are in receipt of a FAH grant and arecompleting their social volunteering. The other 25% takepart under their own initiative. Youth volunteers aretrained in the same themes as those given above, with the same methodology, but more intensively.  SRF Newsletter 38 November 2011, p.3 Then they have to reproduce this information with other adolescents in different places such as:    Secondary schools  –  where they hold workshops and audio-visual cine-fora on those themes;currently they are working with six schools, one in the rural area, and dealing with more than200 adolescents.    Mixed sports leagues  –  these leagues were formedfor teams of court-football and volleyball that aremade up of both males and females with the idea of breaking the common perception that men are betterthan women in sport. The volunteers hold specialseminars before the games at which these issues arediscussed. There are six teams in each league andeach team is made up of eight players.    Artistic and cultural events  –  dance, drawing andguitar groups, like the sports groups, have a seminarbefore their group activities where similarly positive messages are discussed.There is follow-up to all these activities and half-way through and at the end of the year there is anevaluation exercise. Sports Leagues Organisation From the start, the Youth Centre’s work has included the organisation of sports leagues. We play court-football, volleyball, basketball and table tennis, some more popular than others. The leagues hadto be suspended while the roofing of the court was being done, but during that time other works, likepainting the new structures and reconstructing the stage for cultural activities, were undertaken.We are hoping that by the end of this year we will get the leagues up and running again, and that nextyear we will have more leagues as a result of being able to start earlier and play for longer due to thenew roof preventing disruption from the sun or the rain. Youth Festivals We hold youth festivals to celebrate specific dates associatedwith the issues that the groups are working on, such as International Women’s Day, World Environment Day, International Youth Day, Day of Non-Violence TowardsWomen, and the Day for Combating HIV/AIDS. Two of these five festivals are held in coordination with otherorganisations, but they all need to be planned and organised. Links with Other Organisations It is part of our strategic plan that we belong to networks of organisations which deal with the sameissues, such as:    REDMAS  –  the Network of Masculinity for Gender Equality. REDMAS works on issues of gender and masculinity and we take part in gatherings at which local action plans are made,such as campaigns against machismo. We also take part in workshops held for youthpromoters and these are mainly held in the capital, Managua.    The Nicaraguan Network for Democracy and Local Development. This network deals withyouth issues such as rights, participation, development, education, all within the Nicaraguanlegal framework. Again this involves meetings in Managua as well as local actions.  SRF Newsletter 38 November 2011, p.4    The Municipal Commission Against HIV/AIDS. This commission works at the local level topromote concrete actions (through workshops, cinema, educational events and the promotionof condom use) to prevent the increase in the number of people with HIV.It is worth mentioning that my role in all these activities is one of planning, coordination and accompaniment to ensure the smoothrunning of these programmes.William Vargas DíazCoordinator, Teodoro Kint Recreation CentreEl Viejo, Nicaragua26 September 2011 Computer use at the Santa Rosa School  Another report we have just received, this one from our partners at the Santa Rosa School in Managua, details the use of the computers that the Santa Rosa Fund helped to provide at the school.The report was prepared by Mayra Calderón, the school secretary and one of the two members of staff to whom the SRF pays a small monthly honorarium ($15) for taking charge of computer use at the school. Translated extracts of her report follow. At primary level, 56 pupils from the 6 th gradeuse the computers. Secondary pupils also usethem along with the teachers who use them toprepare their lessons. Electronically we have anencyclopaedia, an English-Spanish dictionaryand now we have use of the internet through amodem which we got in the first semester of theyear. [The internet is now available throughmobile phone networks if you have anappropriate modem to connect to such anetwork.]  We now teach the use of Mecanet, Word, Excel,PowerPoint, and students improve their researchthrough use of the internet ... We believe thatthere is higher academic achievement as a resultof the use of the computers.Students have computer classes twice a week during both morning and afternoon sessions.The morning sessions are held from 8 am to 10am. ... Darling Martínez [the second of the twoteachers with responsibility for computer use at the school] had to opt out of these duties inAugust because of her commitments to auniversity course. Her place has been taken byCarla Calderón.Two new CPUs had to be bought early in theyear because of damage caused by the erraticelectricity supply, but the Ministry of Educationis promising to improve the electricity supplynext year.  Mayra identified three requirements for the future functioning of the computers:  1.   Two new computers are required toimprove the access of 6 th grade pupilsand to extend computer use to pupils of the 5 th grade.2.   Air conditioning to maximise the life of the machines.3.   Purchase of a suitable computer battery.
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