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Educating Quakers. Bolivia and the U.S. Does Education Help You Be a Better Quaker?. Have you learned anything in school this year that helps you be a better Quaker? Have you learned anything in school this year that goes against what you learn in Quaker meeting? - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • EDUCATING QUAKERSBolivia and the U.S.

  • Does Education Help You Be a Better Quaker?Have you learned anything in school this year that helps you be a better Quaker?Have you learned anything in school this year that goes against what you learn in Quaker meeting?Quakers in Bolivia believe that education is very important for them. Lets compare their schools and education with yours.

  • Bolivia has the largest number of Quakers in the Wester Hemisphere outside the USMost live in the department of La PazIn the high plains or the city

  • Most Bolivian Quakers worship in large churches where singing, preaching and praying last for many hours.

  • Alicias Story

  • Alicia spent much of her childhood high in the mountains.

  • Alicia helped in the fields when she was ten years old.

  • Her grandparents raised animals to help support the family.

  • Her grandmother milked the cow.

  • Her family also raised llamas.

  • She and her family planted potatos

  • Alycia was able to go to school

  • She got a scholarship from the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund, and was able to graduate from the public university.

  • Internship in the U.S.

  • 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

  • Rubens family sold some of their animals and some vegetables to pay his tuition at the school.Here is a video of students at the one of the Quaker Schools in the mountains.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D5fJlN9Te4

  • Rubn Goes to the UniversityWhen he was 15 Rubn moved to the city. He lived with his brother and mother in a small house. His brother worked full time and earned only $50 a month.Rubn wanted to go to the university to study to be an English teacher. He got a scholarship for $50 a month from the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund, so he was able to go.

  • Ruben taught at a Quaker school, Colegio Emmanuel in LaPaz.

  • Here some students from his school are in an English program.

  • With the help of the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund, Quaker schools have been able to add computer classes.

  • In 2008, Ruben and Alicia both came to the United States to work in Quaker Schools here.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.

  • 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.

  • He also got a scholarship from the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund to go to college.

  • Many of the children in Pallcapampa did not go to high school because it was so far away. Many children only went to the third grade. Benito wanted to help them. While he was in college he learned about Internados, houses where children could stay during the week while they went to school. (Photo Treasures of the AndesWhen he graduated he wanted to help the children in his hometown go to school.

  • The Bolivian Quaker Education Fund helped him create the Internado.

    Soon there was a place for children to stay in town.For videos of the Internado: http://bqef.org/?q=node/10

  • Now children live at the Internado during the week so they have time to study and play.

  • This mother and son are ready to leave from the Internado to return home for a visit.

  • Do you think education is important for Quakers in Bolivia? Do you want to help? (go to BQEF.org for ideas.)

    *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. *How is their worship similar to ours? How is it different? Would you like to go to this church?*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.*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?*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?*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.*Alicias father was a minister. When she completed school, they moved to the city of LaPaz. He worked for the church. Alicia wanted to go to the university, but she had two problems. She couldnt pass the entrance exam and her parents couldnt afford to send her.*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 is a group of North American and European Quakers who help support Bolivian Quakers with education.

    *After she graduated, the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund brought Alicia to the United Statesa ye. She spent ar studying English and teaching Spanish for an internship at Carolina Friends School. She taught Spanish and learned about Quaker Schools in the United states. She has lots of ideas she is taking back to Bolivia.*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.*These students from Colegio Emmanual are in an English contest for Quaker Schools. The Bolivian Quaker Education Fund helps English classes in Quaker Schools.*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.*Many of the children in Pallcapampa did not go to high school because it was so far away. Many children only went to the third grade. Benito wanted to help them. While he was in college he learned about Internados, houses where children could stay during the week while they went to school. (Photo Treasures of the Andes

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