Education goes way beyond lectures and classrooms. Compassion’s approach to education is as colorful and diverse as its children.
“Compassion works with our church partners to teach a wide variety of activities that are really designed to complement what the kids learn in their formal school education,” says Chuck McGinty, Senior Program Director at Compassion.
Learn how Compassion uses “creative classrooms” around the world.
Students in coastal Brazil learn how to surf — an activity that not only keeps children away from the gangs and violence that plague their communities, but also teaches discipline and health.
For children living in poverty in El Salvador, music lessons are a luxury for few. Compassion centers here host music workshops, building both skills and confidence in registered children.
Children and their families in Guatemala use agricultural training to help families use proper techniques when planting gardens — meaning that families have not only a source of food, but also of income.
Carpentry workshops in Honduras give teens, specifically adolescent boys, a marketable skill they can use when completing the program.
Teaching children how to swim in India not only helps them grow strong and healthy, but also teaches discipline and social skills at the center’s swim club.
Teens in Nicaragua have the opportunity to participate in pastry and bakery classes, giving them a marketable skill for the future.
Playgrounds at Compassion centers in Tanzania give children a safe place to play. And this unstructured play time allows children to develop social and emotional skills in a fun environment.
“We want all activities to be relevant to a child’s culture and their own living situation,” says McGinty. “We encourage our church projects to teach skills that children can use later in life, as well as activities that teach them about the love of Jesus. Activities like cooking or growing vegetables really help a child understand how they can provide for themselves now and in the future.”