Educating Edinzon: A Day In The Life of a Safe Passage Student

Educating Edinzon: A Day In The Life of a Safe Passage Student

September 14, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Meet Edinzon, one of the 6th graders at our
full-day school. Today we’re going to join him for a typical
day at Safe Passage. My name is Edinzon. I’m 12 years old. I’m in 6th grade. I’ve been part of Safe Passage for 11 years. I have 8 siblings. My mother and my sister work at the garbage
dump collecting plastic. Edinzon eats breakfast, lunch, and two snacks
every day at Safe Passage. For many of our students, the meals they eat
at Safe Passage are the only meals they’ll eat all day. Our kitchen staff prepares healthy meals,
allowing our students to focus on learning. The 6th grade students in Edinzon’s class
are the pioneers of our full-day school. This year is crucial for them, as only 40%
of students in Guatemala go on to 7th grade. Our Expeditionary Learning methodology, with
its strong emphasis on values and real-world experiences, will help Edinzon’s class successfully
complete 6th grade and take on the challenges of the future. Outings are a crucial part of the Expeditionary
Learning, helping students understand how their knowledge can be applied to the real
world. This year we went on an expedition to a belt
factory called TATA Accessories. We went there to learn about how they make
belts, how they export them, what materials they use, and at the end we made our own belts
out of leather. Edinzon and his classmates go to the library
three times a week, and students can check out books to take home with them. One of my favorite books is Harry Potter and
the Sorcerer’s Stone. Each of our students is part of a Crew, which
consists of one teacher and 10-15 students. Crews meet every day to check in, set goals,
learn team-building skills, and learn how to put our core values into action. This is an integral part of our Expeditionary
Learning methodology. What I like the most about CREW is that we
learn about values, chat about what we did over the weekend, and do fun group activities. I like it when we work on special projects,
like making cards for Mother’s Day. My favorite class is math because I like numbers. Our students have physical education classes
one time a week. These classes keep them active and give them
an opportunity to play together and practice team and good sportsmanship. In addition to their academic classes, our
students also take art, music, English, and indigenous language classes. Thanks to our generous donors, Safe Passage
has grown into an organization that gives Edinzon the opportunity to move beyond the
garbage dump. Safe Passage gives Edinzon the space to dream,
and the skills he needs to make his dreams a reality. When I grow up I want to be a lawyer because
I like helping people. If I weren’t studying at Safe Passage, I
think I’d just be wandering the streets, maybe even with a gang. Safe Passage has helped me a lot since they’ve
been helping me me since I was one. Thanks to them I know how to read and write
and do everything that I can do.