Back to school? If it is up to Fabian Garza, he will be going back to school as soon as possible! The 11-year-old boy from Guatemala attends grade 5, but is now following education at home. Not only him, but also his mother is learning new things.
“The past months have been tough, but at the same time I have learned a lot. I now know how to use technology to take classes online.” Right now, 1.5 billion children and youngsters worldwide are unable to go to school because they have no online learning resources. Fortunately, this does not apply to Fabian. He receives teaching materials through our partner organization AMG Guatemala, in order to start working at home. “I’ve learned to structure my day better,” Fabian says. Every day he makes a schedule to do his homework.
The downside to homeschooling is that there is no teacher around to ask questions, but luckily Fabian’s mother can help him out on a regular basis. Fabian: “The teacher involves our whole family in home schooling. We do schoolwork together, so my mother has learned new things as well!”
Lecturers also give other assignments besides the regular subjects. “We study a dance with the family and play sports and crafts together. I really like that!”
So, not only children are reached through the sponsorship program; parents also play an important role. “My parents are now very involved and encourage me to keep doing my best when I go back to school!”