Guatemala City, Zone 3
Planting Seeds was implemented at Safe Passage in 2005 and is the longest standing Planting Seeds program, serving 100 kids each year for over 10 years now. In an area where violence, gangs, and abuse are prevalent, Planting Seeds offers programming that focuses on love, self-care and cooperation. Children in the Planting Seeds program not only grow as readers and writers, but they also build life skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving. These life skills do not only enable students to more easily overcome obstacles, life difficulties and peer pressure but will also help build on their strengths to become more positive community leaders.
Students at the center range from 2 years old until they are ready for first grade. The 2 and 3 year olds are in class with their respective age groups, while the 4, 5, and 6 year olds are grouped together in four inclusive classrooms. Our readiness model focuses on individual, child centered learning with teacher guidance. Inclusive classrooms allow younger students the opportunity to access more advanced concepts and allow struggling students to learn at their own pace.