08 July 2021

What do children think after a year out of school?

Ecuador - Friday, March 13, 2020, a little over a year ago, was the last time that classrooms welcomed the joy and presence of the more than 4.4 million children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are enrolled in the Ecuadorian education system. Since then, most schools in the country have remained closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while shopping…, Jeremy, 14 years old, Papayal Precinct, Tortuga Community, Esmeraldas Province Jeremy, 14 years old, talks about his experience. "Before, when I went to school, I divided my time between studying and harvesting cocoa. Now I spend all day picking cocoa, and that's not easy," says the 14-year-old. Not having internet access, Jeremy meets with his teacher every eight days…, Joselyn López, 19 years old., Equinoccio, Putumayo – Sucumbios Province. For Joselyn, studying at home during the pandemic has been a major challenge. The only way to have contact with her teachers is through her cell phone. "The teachers send us homework by WhatsApp but it’s difficult to understand what to do. When we attended classes at the school, we knew what to do, what…, Leani, 13 years old., Partidero Precinct, Las Cumbres Community, Esmeraldas Province In order to continue her schooling during the pandemic, Leani has to make a six-hour trek on horseback with her mother. "Sometimes the trip can take up to seven hours, everything depends on the weather. Sometimes we leave very early in the morning and sometimes we leave in the…, Sebastián, 11 11 years old., Quito, Pichincha Province Even though Sebastián lives in the city of Quito, where there is greater access to connectivity, he does not have internet, because his family is going through some hard times economically and can’t afford the cost. To receive classes, he has to go to one of the windows of his house to connect to a neighbor's network. On…, Lidia Caice,, Mother Gabarra de Cantagallo Community, Sansahuari Parish, Sucumbíos Province As a single mother and head of household, Lidia assures that continuing her children's education during the pandemic has not been easy. Especially because she has to work every day and often cannot help her children with their homework. "I'm not at home. Sometimes I don'…, Elisa, 8 years old. , Quito, Pichincha Province Elisa lives in Quito and connects with her friends and teachers through a virtual platform. Although she has no connectivity problems, she does miss spending time with her friends and her teacher. "I would love to go back to school. The most important thing is to return safely, wearing a mask, keeping a distance of one-…