Today we went on a field trip to a school in Antigua. The school is run privately by a group of teachers who wanted to provide a good education for indigenous kids. They have 3 1/2 hours of school every afternoon. The school has grades 1-6, and allows kids age 7-18 to attend.
For our field trip, we first met together and learned about the school, then we visited shortly before opening time and watched their opening.
This is the pole building where they have assemblies.
A few boys on the stage
This is our tour guide, with the director of the school. The picture doesn't do justice to her short spiked hair, multi-colored sparkly jeans, and vibrant personality.
A couple of girls from the school, they came and listened while we visited and saw the school.
A couple more girls, they were so sweet.
Looking across a courtyard.
Another courtyard, with Discoverites walking across it.
The school kids started arriving through the gates.
The school assembly. At the beginning of each day, they gather the students together and give them a bit of a pep talk, about how fortunate they are to have the school, cleanliness, and behaving well. Throughout the speech, the students stand in rows and listen in absolute silence. This is the main group of kids:
To the right was another line of kids.
And the same to the left.
It was a really neat trip. We got to see one of the best ways to get indigenous kids out of their poverty and into good jobs. By completing 6th grade, students have a much higher chance of getting a good job than they would have otherwise. Many of the kids walk miles each day to get to school and back, but you wouldn't know it by looking at them.
It was definitely a good field trip.