I want to help my son with his homework

Over 70% of E2E students’ parents have a third grade education level or below.

As one might imagine, as a parent you naturally dream of your children achieving more than your youth allowed and aspiring for them to lead a life with fewer hardships. Adult illiteracy is often brought up by E2E students as a community weakness that deserves greater attention. The opening of adult school has not been an easy task, despite the great desire of parents to improve their reading and writing skills, there exists complicated work schedules that can vary by season. To find a way around this issue, students assembled tutoring sessions that are conveniently held right in the home of their adult students.

When E2E adult school tutors were asked why they viewed it important to promote adult literacy in the community, they responded:

Some people tell us they are embarrassed that they can’t help their children with their homework or sign a permission slip, but they really want to learn.

Since students are between the ages of 12–18, they start off with no previous teaching experience but our relationship with local primary school teachers creates a partnership that trains students how to lead a successful class. Students then split up into pairs and are each assigned an adult student to work with throughout the course of the semester.

E2E Pajarillos students and their local teacher trainer

One of the founding principles of E2E is centered on the environment in which students learn and grow, not only inside the classroom, but also in their immediate surroundings when they step outside of school. A more educated adult population sets the stage for evolving mindsets that see a greater value in educating their children. Our young literacy advocates are upholding their commitment to use their own newfound education to help others achieve their personal education goals.

A mother from the community of Plan Fresco shows her student-assigned homework as she practices her vowels.


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