Escuela Lyoness, Honduras

Teaser Photo Reading, writing and arithmetic: construction and operating of the first Child & Family Foundation School

A project cooperation of the Medical Center La Ceiba Foundation and the Child & Family Foundation.

School dedication: Mario Oreggia
We thank you in the  name of the beneficiaries for your commitment  and your relentless dedication to this school

Project Description

Honduras has made great efforts to expand the school system in recent years and to enable at least primary education throughout the country. But unfortunately there are gaps in this school system. The teachers are often poorly trained, and the schools in a very bad condition. The quality of the education suffers because of the lack of teaching materials. Many children do not go to school because they have to work to provide their families with financial support.

If they do not go to school, this diminishes the prospects of finding employment and a secure livelihood. To counteract these unfavourable conditions in La Ceiba, Honduras, the CFF decided to build a primary school together with the project partner, the Medical Center La Ceiba Foundation.

Project Goals

Construction of a primary school for children and adolescents in need
Enabling access to education, raising the quality of life and increasing the opportunities of the beneficiaries on the labour market, helping people help themselves, a lasting improvement of the living situation and creation of additional jobs.

Building the first Cashback World School will not only give children and youths a well-founded school education, it will also give adults the opportunity to continue their education. The aim is for the school building to serve for a long time as a place of education and also become a social meeting place for the local population.

The CFF is also endeavouring to teach the children and youths social skills as well as enabling them to have a school education in the conventional sense. Teaching values such as community spirit, friendship, self-confidence, willingness to help, hard work and a sense of responsibility play an important role here.

Concrete Implementation

The project is divided into two phases:
1st phase: construction phase from June 2010 – August 2012
2nd phase: start of lessons since September 2012

School opening 

On the 23rd of August the school was inaugurated in the presence of Hubert Freidl (CEO Cashback World), Nina Passegger (Director CFF), many Cashback World and Lyconet members. The students of the Escuela Lyoness welcomed the guests with singing and dancing. After a short speech by representatives of the La Ceiba community and the education ministry, the children handed Hubert Freidl a book with a picture and hand print of each student. When the school started, each child received a School Starter Kit from the CFF.

Special thank you
A special thank you for supporting this project goes to Franz Rudolf Freidinger and his family for designing and setting up an entire classroom. 

The CFF would also like to thank the many Cashback World loyalty partners who have supported the joint project with donations in kind for the school.

Project Title

Reading, writing and arithmetic: Escuela Lyoness

Project Location

La Ceiba, Honduras

Project Period

since June 2010 - ongoing

Beneficiaries

children and adolescents in need in La Ceiba and the surrounding area

Project Partner

Medical Centre La Ceiba Foundation (construction phase)

Result

In July 2012 the school building was completed on the around 7,000 square metre premises. The school comprises six classrooms (six school grades), a pre-school class, two work rooms, a dining hall with connected kitchen, a computer room with library, a conference room, administrative rooms, storage rooms and an outdoor facility.

A photovoltaic system was also installed on the school roof by the Greenfinity Foundation. 

In September 2012 the Escuela Lyoness started a four-month trial run to optimise organisational processes and to implement the Education Programme. It istarted with a pre-school class (30 pupils) and a first grade (30 pupils).

Education Programme
With the Escuela Lyoness in Honduras, Cachback World’s first own school, its own education concept also became necessary which specifies the pedagogical guidelines, the educational objectives and the structures.

The education programme was developed jointly with experienced teachers. For the CFF it was particularly important for this to be based on the curriculum of the Republic of Honduras and also for the values of Cashback World and the Foundation’s goals to be taught: solidarity, autonomy and community.

To enable the children to have the best-possible opportunities in the future, there are four main teaching focuses:
• Language
• Environment and technology
• Health and exercise
• Creativity and music

This means children can continue their education in many different areas depending on their interests and abilities. By including the parents and the community, this therefore enables integrated access to education. There are many different possible didactic approaches with the realistic overall concept:
• Montessori, Freinet, Piaget, Fröbel, Dreikurs, Reggio, Jenaplan, Chard and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
• Situation-, function- and discipline-oriented learning
• Learning by doing
• Science-oriented teaching
• and much more

The school also offers children with handicaps and special needs the unique opportunity to experience accessible learning. Permanent ramps in the school building and an integrative support programme help the children in their everyday school life.

Current status
Currently the Escuela Lyoness is in its 4th year and comprises 4 grades + preschool class with a total of 203 students.
The school employs a Director / Psychologist, 1 person in the administration, 5 teachers, a teacher's assistant in the preschool class, 1 teacher for IT and English, 3 people in the school kitchen and 2 persons responsible for security and surveillance of the school.

The complete operation as well as the entire equipment of materials for the students, food and transportation to the school are carried by the CFF.

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