The School is called: The DIF School
No. of students: 47 presently, but continues to grow in 2 classrooms
Administrator: Anabella Calderon ( her actual title is Supuesto Directoria de Grupo Vulnerables
Address: Calle 8 entre 30 y 40, Centro, Playa del Carmen 71110, Q Roo
Education: They are not a part of the regular public schools, they are part of the 10-17 Open Education program called IEEA Quintana Roo (it means students work at their own pace…no grades)
Background: The children who attend this school are homeless, neglected, abused children who are living in dangerous or extreme poverty conditions. They are referred by Social Workers at DIF. Only children between the ages of 10-17 attend this school. Children who have reached the age of 10 and never attended school can also go to this school and are taught using the kindergarten thru 3rd grade curriculum. Some live at the school full-time and some return home each day to work or live. Children as young as 12 years old can attend this school and then receive special work permits to work up to 4 hours a day to earn money for themselves to buy food. Their jobs can range from convenience stores to grocery baggers to selling newspapers. The children also eat their main (and usually only) meal at the school. All food to the school is donated with very little protein, vegetables or variety. The children also need clothing and shoes desperately. The children usually come with no backpacks or school supplies. The KKIS Project will be providing English classes three days a week and will use the ” Little Reader” English software curriculum as their core English instruction for all children.
Each volunteer works with 6 to 10 students. Each child receives an English notebook. Children start with writing known common English phrases such as , “How are you?” “Fine, thanks.” “How much does this cost?”. Bingo games with taught vocabulary words from Little Reader, is fun!. Volunteers continue to support the English program throughout the year.
Volunteer teachers reviewed the ” Parts of the face ” , vocabulary that the kids had learned from the ” Little Reader”. Each child received a white board and marker to record the parts of the face. The volunteers had flash cards with photos and printed words to show the kids. The children labeled all the parts of the face in English. Great fun and great artists!
June 10th, 2014 -DIF School