Uruguay

Summary of activities in 2020

Summary of activities in 2020

 

During January and February 2020 we were very active with the summer ‘Support Groups’. On March 13th all school classes were suspended. During the quarantine, which lasted until July, we were immersed in a communication change. We think we were able to achieve a lot by using internet tools such as: Zoom, WhatsApp, Crea (a platform of the National Administration of Public Education). We maintained a fluid contact with a large part of the pupils, reaching the 6 schools which integrate our programme, through a weekly feedback, emitting and receiving educational videos, with an acceptable percentage of participation from the children. Among the videos we shared, were tennis exercises, draws of racquets, balls and sport equipment and the live interviews of Uruguayan young players. We had appointed two of our juniors ( Guillermina Grant and Francisco Llanes) - who had participated in the Tokyo finals of the Junior Challenge ---as “Ambassadors “ of our programme. Although our coach worked almost full time between mid-March and beginning of July we agreed on a substantial salary reduction. The money saved will go to our 2021 budget.

On June 29th the whole country opened its educational centers, primary, and secondary, public and private. We had meetings with all School Directors, to coordinate and guarantee the start of activities in their presential forms under the new protocols established by the government for the ‘new normality’.
Activities are under process, with the integration of a new center ( School #248 of Borro neigborhood ), and with some modifications:

  • Classes are divided in half.
  • The majority of the groups are receiving one weekly class.
  • We have reached the level of 200 kids in total , which will go up inasmuch as the protocols will permit.
  • We must reopen some still inactive Centers and/or add new ones (Pando and School for Blind)

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