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Below is a story from Candelaria Esquina Damia (pictured center), a teacher at La Puerta Abierta and its first librarian!
Hello! My name is Candelaria Esquina Damian, I am 24, I live in Santiago Atitlán, and I am a teacher of primary education bilingual intercultural Tz’utujil-Español.
When I was a student of Sexto Magisterio in what was the last year of my schooling, I had a half scholarship from what is now Natik. For this scholarship I started to do hours of community service in the Puerta Abierta library on the weekends. I had a beautiful work experience with a teacher who narrated stories to the children and who created some terrific work books.
When I graduated I sought work at the Puerta Abierta library, and it put me at ease because I already knew Amanda the director and the work they did. In 2008 I started my work with as librarian and teacher in the mobile library which brought different types of stories, songs and activities for the children at different schools in town. During this time was born my passion and my love for books and children’s stories.
The years passed and the Puerta Abierta school was created. With Amanda, we started to work with a group of preschoolers, and I rose each year with the same students. Today though, I am the managing teacher of “pre-primary,” which includes the children from five to six years old. I teach them the fun that is the world of school through games, children’s songs, rounds and above all reading, writing and mathematics. The most satisfying part of my work is to see the children happy, enjoying themselves in school and learning new forms of fun and creativity.
My desire for the school is that it incorporates more grades from the primary level along with those we now have, which are accountable for making students competent, creative and active in the real world.
Natik has been working with Puerta Abierta since 2009 and has witnessed its many impressive accomplishments. If you support their work, why not like the Puerta Abierta Facebook page? Click on some of its recent pictures below: