Luisa Fernanda’s tour lasted over an hour. We said we would send them supplies and the router, and that seems to have been Luisa Fernada’s motivation in giving the tour.
At this point, Luisa Fernanda delved into the problems they face at Luis Mena.
The government only sent her 13 textbooks for the 43 students in her class. She said it makes it difficult to send home homework. I asked her why she can’t just take a picture of the homework page and text it to the parents.
The Mayan vendor in this nearby market is watching her novela on her phone, so they all have phones. Luisa Fernanda agreed that they all have phones, but that they wouldn’t use them for homework.
Classes finish at 1:30 pm. At 2 pm, another school enters and uses the space. Luisa Fernanda complained that her things sometimes disappear.
One morning when she arrived to work, she saw that her cabinet and been broken and her belonging were missing.
Luisa Fernanda said the quality of teachers was generally poor. Many people have to stop studying what they really want to do because they don’t have the money to continue paying for their education. One of the few opportunities open to them is teaching.
Luisa Fernanda certainly does not fall into this category. She is an impressive teacher, devoted to the children of the school. It says a lot that she gave up so much of her time for this to give us the tour. Aixa and I have a lot of respect for her.
Note: Wealthier people send their children to private schools where children receive a great education.