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DESCRIPTIONBolivia and the U.S. Educating Quakers. Does School Help You Be a Better Quaker?. 1. Have you learned anything in school this year that helps you be a better Quaker? 2. Is there anything that you learn at school or that happens at school that makes it harder to be a good Quaker? - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Educating QuakersBolivia and the U.S.
Does School Help You Be a Better Quaker?1. Have you learned anything in school this year that helps you be a better Quaker?2. Is there anything that you learn at school or that happens at school that makes it harder to be a good Quaker? 3. Do you have any other problems at school?4. Quakers in Bolivia believe that education is very important. They have some of the same problems we do with schools. They also have some different problems.
Bolivia has the largest number of Quakers in the Western Hemisphere outside the United StatesMost live in the Department of La Paz. They live in the high plains or the city
The Story of Alicia
Alicia grew up high in the mountains. It is very cold. Most houses and schools do not have heat.
Alicia helped in the fields when she was a child. Alicia and her family are Aymara Indians. They speak to each other in the Aymara language.
She and her family planted potatoes. Potatoes originally came from Bolivia and Peru.
Her grandparents raised animals to help support the family.
Her grandmother milked the cow.
She helped her family with the llamas. Most Quaker children in the mountains help their families with the farms.
Alicia was able to go to school. She had to learn Spanish in school. All her classes were in Spanish.
Alicia wanted to go to college, but she had to study very hard. The classes were all in Spanish and they were very hard.
Her parents helped her pay for college the first year. The second year North American Quakers helped her pay.
The Story of Ruben
Ruben also grew up in the mountains. There was no school near his home. His parents took him to a Quaker boarding school in the town of Achacachi.
His family sold some of their animals and vegetables to pay for his school.
Here is a video of students at one of the Quaker Schools in the mountainshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D5fJlN9Te4
Ruben went to college and became a teacher at a Quaker school.
In 2008, Ruben and Alicia both came to the U.S. to work and study in Quaker Schools for a year.You can see video interviews with Alicia and Ruben here http://bqef.org/?q=node/397
Ruben shared music with students and with Quaker groups. Now he and Alicia are back in Bolivia using what they learned to improve schools there.
Benitos StoryMany children live very far from schools. Benito had to walk two hours down the mountain to high school every morning and walk two hours up the mountain at night to go home.
He also got a scholarship from the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund to go to College.
Benito wanted to help the children in his hometown go to school. The school was still too far for most children to walk every day.
He set up a safe home near the school where they could stay on school nights. It is called the Internado.
Now children live at the Internado during the week so they have time to study and play.
Do you think education is important for Quakers in Bolivia? Do you want to help? (go to BQEF.org for more information and ways to help.
*If you were to get on a plane and fly south for about six or eight hours, you would come to Bolivia. Can you find Bolivia on the map of South America?
Many Quakers live in Bolivia, especially in the region of LaPaz. Iyou would see very high mountains. They are so high you would have trouble breathing. *Alicia, like most Quakers in Bolivia is an Aymara Indian. The Aymara were part of the Incan Empire when the Spanish came. Before that they had their own civilization. Until about sixty years ago, the Aymara were not allowed to go to school.
Alycia grew up on the Altiplana.
Her family spoke Aymara. She had to learn Spanish in school.*Most of the Quakers in Bolivia are Aymara Indians. They live high in the mountains and on the high plain much as they did for centuries even before the Incas. The land is very steep. It is very cold at night. It is hard to grow things. How is this like your home? How is it different?*It is hard to grow crops in the mountains. It often frosts at night. One of the crops they grow is called quinoa. It has more protein than most other grains.*The Indians in this area discovered and developed potatoes. Potatoes are one of their main foods. They sometimes even use potatoes to pay their bills. Do you have a garden? Do you have to live on what you grow in your garden? What do you learn from raising a garden?*Do you have to help your family? Do you learn things from helping your family? *Do you have animals to take care of? Do you have to have the animals to eat?*Until about 60 years ago, the Aymara were not allowed to go to public schools. Quakers conducted schools, but sometimes in secret. Now Quakers in Bolivia are working hard to be sure their children are educated.
It is hard for children living in the country to succeed in school. They grow up speaking Aymara, but schools are taught in Spanish so they have to learn Spanish fast. They also often have to do chores at home before they can come to school.*Alicia studied for almost a year to improve her Spanish so she could pass the exams. Her money problem was solved by group of North Americans. They started the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund, a group of North American and European Quakers who help support Bolivian Quakers with education.
*Ruben grew up in a Quaker family on the Altiplano. There was no school near his home.When he was five years old, he went to the Quaker boarding school in Achacachi. There were 400 students in the school.His parents sold animals and vegetables to pay his tuition. His church also helped.He came home on weekends and helped on the farm.**Ruben was an intern at Oakwood School and Alicia was at Abington Friends School. Both taught Spanish. Ruben also shared Bolivian Culture and music.They learned about American Quaker Schools. They have many ideas they will take back to Bolivia.*