Last Friday was our final day of English class for children. Students who attend public school in Honduras are on a Feb-Nov school year calendar. That is why we decided to schedule a 6 week course during their wint er break. In total we had 15 children register, ranging form ages 7-14 years old. I (Audrey) was the teacher for this session. As the director of the cultural center, it was important for me to know first-hand if the curriculum that we used was effective. Taking on this task allowed me to go through the motions that a permanent teacher would go through. As a result, it gave me a better idea about how to modify the program to fit the needs of the children in our community.
During this session, we incorporated games and art to teach certain lessons. Because of the wide age range, some modifications had to be made. By doing this, the younger children felt less overwhelmed and the older children felt challenged.
All of the children shared a common interest of learning English for the purpose of being better prepared for the workforce.
One of the defining moments for me during this session was a mediation session that I had with two students. In the end, they stopped bickering in and out of class. It is defining moments such as these that motivate me to continue with programs such as our English class. With the obvious lack of child friendly activities throughout the island, it as an honor for Flamingo Cultural Center to be a safe haven for children.
We’d like to send a huge thank you to the Roatan Children’s Fund. They have been supporters of the center since the start of our social programs. Because of their generous donation, we were able to sponsor 8 of our English class students! They also donated lots and lots of books last year and we gave away some of those books to the students as a gift for completing the course. If you would like to support a non profit organization that serves the children of Roatan you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would also like to thank Susie Ebanks of the Roatan Scholarship Fund. Susie is continuously helping her fellow islanders, she sponsored two of our students and donated book bags and school supplies to put in their gift bags. If you would like to support Susie and her humanitarian efforts, you can do so through the Roatan Scholarship Fund. On the 10th of February she will be hosting the first annual Carnival Masquerade Ball to benefit the Roatan Scholarship Fund for underprivileged, academically deserving native island young girls and women.
Special thank you to our visitors who not only come to find out more about our culture but who also come to support our humanitarian efforts. Our visitors have donated school supplies, arts & crafts, games, clothes and book bags to the center. We used some of those items to put inside of their gift bags. If you would like to support the social programs at Flamingo Cultural Center or would like help executing a social project of your own in Roatan please email email@example.com.
Our students are practicing their English in the videos below!