Educational concept of PROSOYA
Over the years, the focal points and objectives of the education and training work with the young people in PROSOYA have taken shape:
- All support efforts, and the concrete, on-the-spot education and training work are carried out by local staff members.
- The young people in the programs for either boys or girls are given the opportunity to finalize their secondary education in the state-maintained school in the village, without the stress of family upkeep.
- For them, the project provides board and lodging, whereby meals are adequate, but not excessively sumptuous. Equipment and furnishings, as well as clothing and all articles of daily use, are simple and modest, but clean and tasteful. Luxury is avoided on purpose because after the conclusion of the project time, the youths have to face, once again, the rough Peruvian reality.
- Religious and spiritual support is included in the project. For many years, a German pastor from Lima gave lessons in ethics, and performed church services. Now, the new project leader and his wife, a German woman minister, have taken over these tasks.
- NUCFAS – nuclear families – each consisting of eight youths and the Peruvian person looking after them – live together in a happy community, learning together, and from each other.
- They perform domestic tasks, keep their rooms, the shower baths and toilets clean and tidy, attend to buildings and grounds, feed and care for animals, do their own washing, and take on kitchen duties.
- The youngsters are given the opportunity to discover their talents, and develop capabilities to cope with their future professional careers and family life, and to enable them to overcome the poverty from which they came.
- After each evening meal, pupils and those looking after them, assemble for the so-called ‘noticiero’, a role-played newscast, as they know it from radio or television. Daily, three pupils, following a strict plan, present the regional and international news of the day. All other pupils are the audience and/or viewers, who in the subsequent ‘dialogue training’ exercise positive criticism, in order to strengthen their self-confidence, and their ability to express their views.
- Afternoons are devoted to practical training called EAPNE – educacion alternativa practica no escolarizada -, an alternative and non-school education program, within which they are acquainted with all workshop areas. Thus, they will find out what they like best.
- After finishing their schooling, they remain in the project for one additional year, specializing in two subjects, at the end of which they sit for a practical, final examination.
The youngsters live in a friendly atmosphere in which they learn and practice moral values, respecting and encouraging each other. Tidiness and cleanliness, diligence, modesty, helpfulness, honesty, courtesy, reliability, and thankfulness are important keystones of this value education.
The youths have the opportunity to develop their own thoughts and ideas, and they are encouraged to share them with others. In their togetherness, they learn to be critical, and have a healthy self-confidence in their own capabilities.
Once they have completed their schooling and training, they are advised to remain in their rural environment, and not to strive for the so-called better life in the metropolis of Lima. Through its work, the project tries to counteract the rural exodus.