Schools in Tena
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Unidad Educative National Tena- International Baccalaureate
|Global Seminar students with students going on their last year of the IB program||.|
Escuela Fiscal "Emilio Cceco"
|Working on the minga by pulling out weeds and moving rocks|
The school consists of 23 teachers and 400 students, and although they have received some funding from the government, it is not enough to provide all the resources for their students. Here at the Escuela Fiscal, our group contributed to the minga that they were having by helping them out and donating supplies. Like done at San Clemente Community, a Minga is when a big or small part of the community comes together to perform some type of community service. Our minga would be cleaning up the school by pulling some weeds, and painting the chairs and tables to give it a newer look; however, the main project was to build a new bathroom because they only had one stall for each gender for the entire school. Therefore, it was not enough for all the students that they have there. After we arrived at the school, one of the main directors of the school greeting us and called all the community members through a micropohone and speaker to come on out to give a helping hand. "Ahora, empezamos la minga!". As soon as he said the phrase "now we will start the minga!", everyone went to work! All the global seminar students intermingled with the Muyuna community, and they began to ask what tasks needed to be done. Our first task was to go around the courtyard area and pull out all the weeds/other grass debris and pile them up, so it would be easier to throw them out. While some students continued pulling out weeds, others created an assembly line in order to bring rocks closer to where the foundation of the bathroom was going to be made. Lastly, some students went to work with some adults from the community to apply varnish on the desks and chairs. Throughout the minga, many of the students took it upon themselves to interact with the children, and when asked about school, they all had said how much they enjoyed being able to learn. Many of the children then continued to mention their favorite subjects ranging from math and reading to arts and PE; some children would smile at me and snicker because there favorite subject was recess. Continuing on with the minga, we were able to get all the chairs and tables painted as well as the weeds out, but the bathroom still needed some work. As the minga came to an end, like many other mingas, we all eat at the end to celebrate a hard day of work. Even though it was a long hard working day, it was amazing to be able to work with the community. We had all barely met this community, but they had welcomed us with open arms and we all quickly connected! These activities are the ones that really allow us students to learn more about new communities and cultural experiences.