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English Program

English Program

English Program
Though the local economy is almost entirely based on tourism, the local public schools did little to prepare their students to function in an environment where knowledge of the English language is paramount. As a result, their students were effectively barred from producing in the local economy and from participating in the thriving local job market. Jobs were filled with bus loads of labor imported from outside the local communities. This prompted Peace to start an English language program in the local public schools.
The English language program was first introduced in 2014 at three of the local public ​elementary​ schools (Emiliano Zapata, Corral del Risco and Higuera Blanca) with receptive princip​als who agreed to allow a limited amount of school time for English study. The program rapidly developed, and within a year, was adopted at all of the local schools, including 3 kindergarten, 3 elementary, 2 middle and ​2 high schools. Two hours of English language instruction was a good start and meant progress, but Peace was acutely aware that 2 hours/week were insufficient to achieve proficiency. Therefore, PEACE Executive Director of Peace, Cecilia Paredes, and PEACE Education Supervisor, Ali Elias, with the support of the full PEACE Board, petitioned the Mexican Ministry of Education “SEP” to allow PEACE to teach English 5 hours/week. PEACE’s efforts were hugely successful, and was able to negotiate a signed agreement with SEP. From now on, PEACE will be teaching 5 hours of English at every school in the three communities comprising approximately 1200 students. This was quite a feat and a laudable achievement, as there was resistance at the local school administration level.

Expansion of the English language curriculum required the recruitment of a significant number of teachers, a challenge that was met in short order. PEACE now employs 7 qualified English teachers, all of the teachers attended training workshops to enhance their effectiveness and to make their teaching skills and methods uniform.

Campeones Program

Campeones Program

Campeones
Campeones stands for “Champions”, an after school program created for the most talented, qualified and committed public middle school students selected by both their middle school and PEACE teachers. The aim is to prepare these talented students to enter better high schools in the area, to encourage the achievement of higher levels of education and to ultimately enable them to give back to their communities.
Also taught at the PEACE Center, daily, Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, the Campeones Program is designed to increase these students’ competency in English language fluency, in computer skills, especially their ability to use Google Chrome Books, and to improve their communications, collaboration and critical thinking skills through community oriented project-based learning.

In the current 2015/2016 school year, Campeones’ first full school year, seventeen students from the three local communities were carefully evaluated and selected based on their ability, capacity and motivation to learn, their grade point average (A or 9.0+), their interest in pursuing higher levels of education, their capacity to grow intellectually and their all around behavior and demeanor. In the previous school year, Campeones started up in February 2015, and two of its first term graduates successfully were admitted with scholarship to Colegio Bucerias, one of the top private schools in the north shore area, while the 2016 year level granted three well deserving scholarships to the college.

Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program

This program gives young students from the CAMPEONES program the impulse that is needed to continue studying high school in one of the most recognized schools in the region. Only the best students of the CAMPEONES program can become receivers of the academic scholarship; Considering the learning and skills of the 21st century student, collaboration and impact to their community, their level of English and the quality of their participation throughout the program is necessary. Thanks to the PEACE Scholarship program, young talents have the opportunity to excel academically, broaden their horizons and exploit their full potential, so that in the future they can generate real social change.

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ICT Program

ICT Program

ICT Program

PEACE projects a cutting-edge, innovative and especially indispensable program to promote growth in technological and computer knowledge among students. It gives students the opportunity to approach new technology tools as well as learn how to use them in school and responsibly in their daily lives. Throughout the program they are guided by their teacher in an interactive learning process, covering practical knowledge such as the generation of multimedia content and web development, which allows them to acquire new capacities and computer skills: the Search and selection of information, critical analysis and problem solving, teamwork, self-learning capacity and creative and innovative attitude. With the ICT program, technology is no longer a challenge and becomes a great opportunity for our students to excel.




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