The current education system in Honduras is very different from that of the normal school system in the States. To understand why we run schools lets first look at the “normal” Honduras school system.
What is our response as Ignite Ministry?
We as Ignite Ministry aim to help those in our community have access to a good education. There are many ways that we are currently doing this, but also ways that we are envisioning this growing and multiplying over time for our community.
Early Learning Center
Our early learning center, called Ignite Infantil, provided education from March of 2017 to the end of 2019.
Ignite Infantil is an early learning center that offers advanced education for children, with a dual-language focus. The goal of our program is to confidently prepare children for the start to their academic careers with an emphasis on the importance and value of education and equipping them with the basic skills needed to succeed academically.
The classroom tutors use a creative and bilingual curriculum where each teaching lesson is accompanied with a wide variety of activities and books both in Spanish and English. Each daily lesson is designed to equip and to grow each child in their comprehension of a number of subjects such as: mathematics, science, physics, technology, social studies, arts, literacy and language including English language acquisition.
Each child enrolled in Ignite Infantil is also receives wellness checkups each trimester, and takes part of our daily vitamin regimen, and year de-parasiting treatments to help aid in their growth and well-being.
In February of 2016 as a ministry we stared a middle school called Colegio Ignite that ran on our campus until the end of 2019. Colegio Ignite is unlike its traditional counterparts. This is the first middle school within our community, which means access for many who would others wise not be able to attend school for an education beyond that of the 6th grade.
Our middle school consists of 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. The course work is actually done on a computer – so the computer is the teacher. We then have a facilitator who watches over the class, answers questions, prepares exams and reports back to the governing organization. The fact that the computer is the “teacher” it also means that students don’t need to spend extra on purchasing their own textbooks for classes nor more extra school materials. They only need something to write with and a notebook! Having a classroom with computers also makes it easier to have the students enrolled in any one of the three grades that our program offers. Using the computers is also a class in it’s self! It helps the students to grow in their knowledge of computer usage, makes students more self sufficient , go at their own pace each day and helps them grow in their confidence as a student.
Our schedule is also different from a traditional school. The program that we use, only needs about 10 hours a week to cover all of the materials. That means thatthe school only runs 4 days a week (Tuesday-Friday). Class is normally only 3 hours a day with a shorter period on Fridays. We are equipped to have a morning block or afternoon block of 32 students each. This makes it possible for those students that are maybe older than your typical teenager or for those who have a job, have kids or are needed to help in the family store or around the house
The school also only focuses on 3 topics at a time each trimester. This helps the student to have a more enriched, focused time on each topic and not spread out over the normal 11 topics each day/week in a normal school.
In conjunction to the educational aspect of what is school we also run camps and sleepovers with students, give devotionals and offer counseling for students. We also see that each student participates in our vitamin and de-parasite programs and receive wellness check-ups 3 times a year.