External Student Sandra reflects on how her education is changing now that she studies at NPH's school. August 15, 2018 - Honduras
Sandra working with her teacher and an internal student.
“It was not as hard to make friends as I thought it was going to be,” explained Sandra,* an external student studying at the secondary school at NPH Honduras.
Sandra feels happy to be at her new school. Before coming to school at NPH, Sandra went to school in a local town where the education was not as robust.
“I liked the kids, and the teachers were nice, but I did not feel challenged at my old school,” Sandra elaborates.
Sandra lives with her mother, father, and her older brother, who has already finished secondary school. “My older brother would help me with my homework when he had time, before. Now my mother helps when she comes back from work,” Sandra explains.
Sandra spends part of her time in school at a trade workshop learning textile and sewing skills. Before she graduates from NPH Honduras’ school, she will receive a government certificate allowing her access to easier job placement in the future. Sandra, however, has other plans.
“Don’t get me wrong, I like the sewing workshop, but I want to be a doctor when I grow up. I have met the doctors here on the ranch (NPH Honduras) and want to be like them.”
As one of the best students in the seventh grade, Sandra has made a lot of progress towards her goal since she began in January of 2018.
“I started at the beginning of this year, and we are about to finish my first half of the year. I am receiving high marks in all of my courses!” Sandra exclaims.
Alongside the benefits the local community receives by having a low-cost school to provide their children a high-quality education, children at NPH Honduras grow from attending classes with students in other communities, as well.
“I think that it is good that the external students are here. Both for them, as this is a great school, and for the NPH students to interact with children from outside of their home. The NPH students in 6th and 7th grade start to contemplate what they want to do outside of NPH, which is helped by being friends with students who have these other experiences,” observes Jessyka Palacios, the school’s principle.
Sandra is just excited to continue her education.
“I would say it is much better here! I am already excited for 8th grade next year!”
*Child's name changed for privacy purposes.
Riley Sexton Communications Officer
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