Community Centres

We are now present in three schools in the west of La Pampa!

We keep expanding throughout La Pampa, relentlessly pursuing the aim of improving the educational quality and providing recreational alternatives to our children. On this occasion, we have extended to the western area of La Pampa, reaching three school homes located in the middle of the forest: School Home No. 155 in Colonia La Pastoril, School Home No. 48 in Árbol Solo, and School Home No. 19 in Jagüel del Monte.

 


Intendente Alvear

The IT Community Centre of Intendente Alvear was the first one that Fundación Pro-Alvear launched in February 2004. The initial objective was to work hard on the democratisation of new technologies, seeking to narrow the digital divide, providing free access to schools, and training retired workers, pensioners, unemployed people, agricultural producers, salespeople, and mothers. We teach basic- and intermediate-level PC operation courses, and students are awarded a certificate approved by the Ministry of Education of La Pampa.

Another of our fundamental goals is to improve the education of the children from our community. We train teachers using curricula approved by the provincial Ministry of Education; we organise study trips, and visits to theme parks and agricultural shows such as Expo-Agro, Expo-Chacra and Exposición Rural de Buenos Aires; we foster participation in various science fairs; we encourage different schools from the area to visit the institution so that they can work and train their children there using new technologies. The Rural School of Ojeda visits us regularly, as well as Special Education School No. 12 from our town.

Additionally, we support the Programme Inaun, a Mapuche term that means “going together” (children at social risk). More than 50 children come to the centre every week, and not only are they provided with access to computers, but also given the possibility to spend their time doing something productive, thus preventing them from going through negative experiences.

 

Bernardo Larroudé

Fundación Pro-Alvear created its second IT Community Centre in Bernardo Larroudé, within the local library. Still pursuing the objective of closing the digital divide and contributing a new tool for various trades, free basic- and intermediate-level PC operation courses are organised, addressed to different sectors. Day after day, mothers, students, children, retired and unemployed people, and rural workers attend these courses.

 

Ceballos

The third IT Community Centre was opened in the Francisco Ceballos Popular Library, located in this town. The initiative enjoyed a strong support from deputy Juan Carlos Vitone and the steering committee of the library. People were highly enthusiastic, and many students are currently attending the IT courses we teach.

 

Pichi Huinca

We arrived in the small town of Pichi Huinca with enormous enthusiasm to collaborate with School Home No. 156, a valuable institution with 120 students, of whom 50 remain in the school for the entire week. We were welcomed affectionately by the authorities and teachers, as well as parents and students.
In an emotional opening ceremony, we provided the school with networked computers, a laser printer, a fully equipped laboratory so that students can carry out better research projects, various literature books, toys, table-tennis and table-football tables, garden furniture, tents and sleeping bags so that children can enjoy a different experience, such as going camping.

 

El Tala

School Home No. 107, located in the town of El Tala, has a total of 47 students, who are all boarders, i.e., they sleep there at night and only visit their families every other weekend. This idea of helping them allowed us to see how children spread happiness and enjoy being there.
After a small ceremony and breakfast, we gave the authorities and students networked computers in an IT room created by them, a laser printer, a fully equipped laboratory, various literature books, toys, table-tennis and table-football tables, among other elements.

 

Árbol Solo

We visited School Home No. 48 in Árbol Solo, surrounded by the wild forest in western La Pampa. This school has 23 students, of whom 16 are boarders and remain in the school for 15 to 20 days.

We were warmly welcomed by teachers and students, parents, neighbours and the chief of the Ranquel community in that town.

As a token of their gratitude, the students wrote poems for us, where they expressed their joy at receiving guitars, educational games, toys, films, swings and slides for the garden, and table-tennis and table-football tables. Additionally, we provided them with a basic science lab, storybooks, dictionaries, maps and plastic arts materials, and we repaired their only computer room.

Then, we shared a tasty barbecue lunch, and we enjoyed the performance of the murga band “Cachivaches” from School Home No. 156 in Pichi Huinca. We finished the ceremony unveiling a plaque with the names of all the sponsors who have supported these initiatives.

 

Jagüel del Monte

School Home No. 19, a small school located in Jagüel del Monte, has 27 students, of whom 20 are boarders, i.e., they stay at school for 15 to 20 days. We were surprised and moved by the affection shown by the children, who were genuinely happy not only about the elements they were receiving but also about our presence and company. Those elements included educational games, toys, films, swings and slides for the garden, table-tennis and table-football tables, a weather station, computers, storybooks, dictionaries, maps, and geometry elements.

Here we enjoyed the live performance of the murga band “Cachivaches” from School Home No. 156 in Pichi Huinca, as well as the performance of a band formed by local teachers, and a dance by the youngest children.

Our visit ended with enormous fun and joy.

 

La Pastoril

School Home No. 155 in Colonia La Pastoril is located in the forest of western La Pampa. It has 35 students, all of them boarders, who visit their families only every 45 days. The school family welcomed us with arms wide open.

With a small ceremony, followed by typical folk dances, the performance of a live band and a delicious breakfast, we provided the school with basic science lab elements, networked computers, storybooks, dictionaries, maps, sewing machines and rolls of fabric. In addition, to offer children entertainment and fun, we have given them guitars, educational games, toys, films, swings and slides for the garden, and table-tennis and table-football tables.

As a present for the children, we brought the murga band “Cachivaches” from School Home No. 156 in Pichi Huinca. They were in charge of closing the ceremony with their live performance. We left filled with happiness thanks to the warm affection shown by students, teachers and authorities.