How are the schools for ordinary Nicaraguans?
How do teachers get along on low pay?
As for the schools, if you wish to analyze them, it is best to compare them to Honduran or Costa Rican schools, not to U.S. or Canadian or whatever schools (which is a VERY unfair comparison). The schools serve the purpose asked of them, more or less. Teachers are underpaid, but that is not to say other occupations are well paid and their is some mysterious cause why teachers are not (almost everyone has very, VERY little money). People get by, by having more than one generation under one roof, and by not doing many of the things people in other countries take for granted. The thing about many countries like Nicaragua, is that for many people it would not matter if their education were 100x better, because upon graduation, there is still no real job awaiting them. That might sound terrible, but in the vast majority of cases it is true. While in NY or Chicago, some person with an M.A. in history or whatever might make $15 per hour as a bartender, someone with "whatever" impressive education in Nicaragua, if they are not connected by name, might not work at all or work a LOT, nearly every day of the year, for a pitence per day.
The same as many Nicaraguans get along with no pay. Much the same as N. Americans got along during the depression. Families and neighbors work together, help each other out etc. Something most N. Americans have forgotten about.
Hello, well in Nicaragua exists privates and publics schools. The private ones are expensive and most of the time you pay in dollars. In this catergory is also the bilingual schools. The public Schools have bad conditions and for that reason sometimes is difficult to teach.
Because the salary generally is very bad, the teachers must have another way to earn money. Some of them have three jobs.
To study to be a teacher is not so popular in this country because the payment is very low and even if the person would like to be a teacher, he or she must think about his/her future in the Country.
In addition, there are not so much teachers from Universities working in the schools, this means that almost the 70 or 80% of the people teaching in the schools don´t have any diploma from the Universities.
My oldest daughter is a teacher, following in her mother’s foot steps. Teaching in Nicaragua is not like in the USA, they do it because they have a passion for it. Ya the pay is low and some do work more than one site. My daughter does walk and ride busses to work (her morning class is in a village 10 miles away and her afternoon job is in the regional office in town) but she would not give it up for anything. Teachers, Doctors and anyone else working in social services need to be given a high five for the work they do. As for the 70% to 80% not having diplomas, in the 1980’s this number I am sure was true as they were developing the new system to rid the county of illiteracy, now days that number seems a bit high.
Heres my high five X2 and as far as diploma or not the question is can the teacher inspire young minds to learn. I don't think you need a diploma for the real magic a good teacher can create.
♠ Miskito Alan:
Even with the low salaries; I've seen teachers, doctors, and nurses walk to their jobs in the rain and mud. Sometimes; the teachers must even travel to two different schools.
All I can say that these people are great and dedicated citizens of Nicaragua. I've always been impressed with the dedication and work ethics of these people and I can not say enough good things about them.
Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he gain anything by it? Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny?
— Mahatma Gandhi, 1947