By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki
Recent natural disasters have created unprecedented interruptions in children’s learning lives in Latin America.
Earthquakes, Hurricanes and Learning
The severe earthquakes in Mexico and the hurricanes in the Caribbean have damaged infrastructure so severely that learning has become virtually impossible for thousands of students.
A lot of media attention has been focused on the tragedy at Enrique Rebsamen Elementary School, which collapsed in the September quake in Mexico, killing 21 students.
But students who survived the quake are suffering in other ways. More than 2,000 public schools were damaged in the quake, Secretary of Public Education Aurelio Nuño told CNN.
When Hurricane Maria swept across the island of Puerto Rico, students again took a huge hit. Hampered by blocked roads and power outages, Puerto Rican schoolchildren could be out of school for months, reports The Washington Post.
While some are flying to the United States to attend school, others are left with no resources for attending school.
Spanish Curriki Can Help
One option to keep kids learning, if teachers can get access to Wifi, is Spanish Curriki, a Spanish-language version of the Curriki website.
Launched in summer 2016 in response to growing interest in Open Educational Resources by educators, parents and student who speak Spanish, Curriki’s Spanish-language site offers hundreds of Spanish-language OER materials in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and history.
Help Spanish Curriki Expand
Curriki is always working to expand its Spanish site, and there’s no better time than now. Teachers who want to help children in Puerto Rico and Mexico continue their education are encouraged to upload your Spanish-language curricula to make the site even more useful to every student.
Spread the Word!
Curriki is about ensuring that all children—no matter where they come from, where they live or what language they speak—receive a world-class education. We don’t think a natural disaster should stop anyone from learning. Please upload your curricula and spread the word about Spanish Curriki!
Kim Jones is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Curriki. Kim is active in driving policy initiatives and is regularly featured as an honorary speaker on the impact of technology in education at influential meetings around the world. Learn more at Curriki.org.