There is often a lot of confusion between microcredit and savings and lending groups. The terms seem as if they offer the same approach to providing very low-income individuals with access to credit. Yet there are some key differences about leadership and savings expectations. We are in the process of helping facilitate a savings and lending group with some of our Women’s Empowerment Project graduates. They have named their group the New Dawn Women’s Collective (logo pictured to the left).
We have referenced how influential and foundational early childhood development is in a person’s life. Childhood is a time when our brains are most apt to learn and develop. If a child’s environment is nurturing and supportive, a child can achieve great strides in language acquisition, social-emotional skills and problem-solving abilities. This period in life is also when adverse or traumatic experiences severely impact physical health later in life. For these reasons and others, childhood is a crucial time for society to ensure children and families have access to high quality development and education programs. Another value-added is that financially speaking, such programs and interventions are one of the best investments society can make.
Last week we talked about the state of early education through high-school in El Salvador. This week, we are bringing you a guest post from Michelle Leach at the non-profit Bridging International Communities (BIC) to bring some insight into university education. BIC has worked since 2005 in rural communities in El Salvador, and is helping to bring a different perspective on life in El Salvador to the Programa Velasco blog.
From the moment I started thinking about childcare in El Salvador, I knew I wanted my son Camilo to go to Centro Hogar in San Ramón. I had been living in El Salvador for nearly a decade and my wanderings always managed to overlap with the work of ANADES and their child development centers.
Historically, El Salvador has not invested in providing early education to children below the age of 7. As part of the Education for All goals agreed upon at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, in 2000, El Salvador pledged to achieve a variety of goals related to expanding coverage and educational quality for all children by 2015. Assessing the situation in 2016, there is still a long way to go.
We are currently running a special campaign to help provide medical check-ups for women and children in El Salvador. For just $15, you can sponsor one child or one woman to receive a check-up, prevention education, and access to natural medicines. Consider making a donation here today!
Tomorrow, the center is hosting an Escuela Familiar, a monthly workshop for parents to learn more about their role as their child’s primary educator. Each month, the staff presents on a variety of topics related to early childhood development. For tomorrow’s workshop, the staff will discuss how they use a Montessori educational pedagogy and will help parents develop skills so they can reinforce what a child has already learned at school.
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