El Chaparral, Marilica; Pespire Choluteca 2018
Centro de educación básica José Trinidad Reyes
Prof. Isaias Roberto Moran Espinoza. Teacher and principal Jose Trinidad Reyes education center.
Edwin Marel Carbajal Hernandez Projects Coordinator. Central American Relief Efforts
Edwin: Good morning teacher, how are you?
Prof. Moran: Very good, thanks to God.
Edwin: What it is you name?
Prof. Moran: Isaias Roberto Moran Espinoza.
Edwin: What it is your charge here at the school?
Prof. Moran: I have the principal position but I am also a teacher, I give classes to nine grade, math, natural science and physical education. In addition, principal office with the administration of the center.
Edwin: How long you been at the school?
Prof. Moran: 16 years.
Edwin: How long has the school running?
Prof. Moran: this school recently turn 61 year. Of been founded, was the second school founded at this village, there use to be only one school per town with Condega as center; after that one, they founded this one.
Edwin: How far away is Condega located?
Prof. Moran: Around 1 ½ km. (0.93 miles)
Edwin: Not so far away, it is close.
Prof. Moran: it is close.
Edwin: Do you live in the community teacher?
Prof. Moran: I do not.
Edwin: Do you live far away?
Prof: Moran: No. Pespire, at Portillo Centro neighborhood.
Edwin: How far is Pespire from here?
Prof. Moran: 4km. (2.48 miles)
Edwin: Do you travel every day?
Prof. Moran: I travel every day. I use motorcycle as transportation.
Edwin: What can you tell about life here in the community?
Prof. Moran: Well, economically speaking, the community is a working area; their biggest incomes is from agriculture and cattle at small scale, not big.
In addition, well; women are housekeepers. However, result of work in this education center during 16 years we have achieve to raise (thanks to God) a good academic level. Right now in average, we have between 37–40 professional, students from our education center, whom already joined the productive process in the community and municipality; also, some emigrate to work, but always inside Honduras, not overseas.
Edwin: What are your hopes for this community, desires?
Prof. Moran: Look, my hope and desires for this community are, that it may advance in academic knowledge. Be a prosperous and productive community; that thinks in common wellness, we may all desire common wellness; because it is difficult for us do not share knowledge with other.
Prof. Moran: that, and may our children and youth have a strong support from parents association, teachers, and prosper in all aspects; maybe not reaching richest levels but sustainability levels; and they may survive as needed.
Edwin: before you received the meal teacher, what you usually cooked here at the school?
Prof. Moran: well, we have what in the past was call ¨School vegetable garden¨, now they are call ¨Educational garden¨; we change the name but the same idea, terminology. We use to consume squash, green beans ¨cuarentanos¨ we call them, mostly that. Also corn; parents used to bring measures of corn to ground and prepare tortillas.
Edwin: Now that you began to receive the meal, do you see changes, has school diet improved?
Prof. Moran: excellently, we do not have words to describe this; because we have advance in academic performance a lot, school kid’s attendance, with this food coming to the educational center, there is an arduous behavior from parents, responsibly, very responsibly. Students health and physically speaking, students are well nourished; thanks to God we have receive three types of meal sources; the PMA (because they provide some complements) and the organization Central American Relief that has supported us heavily. Has also come to raise our image level as education center, students and teachers, all equally.
Edwin: The kid I interview previously, Angelica; do you give classes to her?
Prof. Moran: The eighth grade student she is.
Edwin: Yes, how is she?
Prof. Moran: very good student, creative, dynamic, responsible, incidentally, she is daughter of the parent association previous president.
Edwin: Have you notice changes on kid’s, due they are feed with the rice?
Prof. Moran: there are many changes, many changes in them; in nutrition, as I mentioned before, they have gained weight also. We use a technique we learn from program ¨Healthy school¨ where we weight kids at the beginning of the year and at the end as well to determine the nutritional improvements, only in weight for now at least; because maybe cannot level the essence, amount. At least in weight we can.
Edwin: But you are aware that the rice provides many vitamins, nutrients?
Prof. Moran: of course.
Edwin: And you consider that important?
Prof. Moran: a lot. For such reason we have created a (Diversity) variety menu items for consumption.
Edwin: How you do it? (Cooking using the rice).
Prof. Moran: example. We cook the tamales; in the menu we call it ¨Tamal de Cambray¨; the ¨cambray¨ (Meaning the stuff) it is the rice. We also cook the ¨Pastelitos¨, which are stuffed with the rice as well, we prepare the dough in the regular way like other ¨stuffed pastelitos¨ that have chicken, beef, instead. Same way we cook the ´Mexican tacos¨ as we call them, but the stuff in this other case is also the rice, dough it is normally prepare too. We have ¨casamiento¨ (Rice and beans) that the only thing we add to the rice are the red beans; this changes the texture and color to it, which is call ¨gallo pinto¨ too. Ultimately, vegetables soup; to the rice we add, cabbage, green bananas, potatoes, and small-scale seasoning; not too much, to avoid kids dislike it or upset their stomachs, since we have receive trainings on food security and recommended to use mostly natural products.
Edwin: Approximately, how many items you have in the menu that includes the rice?
Prof. Moran: in the menu we have almost (looking in his notebook begins to count) 21 different kind of dishes; we have divide them by weeks, week A we eat this, week B we eat that, baleadas, outmeal etc… week C, tamales pisques, pozoles, here we integrate all the product we receive for the kitchen.
Edwin: Do you feel proud of your kids?
Prof. Moran: Of course I do. First, because they receive the meals the way we cook it. It is sad Marel; see students that reject food and you are aware in the media of poverty facts, and see them elsewhere rejecting food, but that does not happens here at all. We witness kids here taking their plate, meal; and begins to enjoy it and leaves the plate empty, that is my satisfaction; and I said to myself, No, no, no; we are going to keep this on.
Look, we have students Marel that come to wait the school bell to sound, 9:30–10am because they had breakfast, students that sometimes only had coffee with a small bread; nothing.
I am going to relate you an experience:
Not long ago, we ran out of ¨merienda¨ (products) only the rice was available.
Edwin: – Our rice? (I asked) –
Yes; yours, but once we ran out of it; one day I rang the bell and a first grade kid comes out running, and I am standing at the kitchen corner and he ask to me
¨Prof. Roberto, it is not meal ready? ¨ — Sorry we ran out – (He replied to the kid)
Look, I felt such sadness because I realize he is one of our students that comes with no breakfast at the hope of the meal he receives at the school.
For this reason, we as teachers and parent’s seek providing variety, taste; so kids do not feel repeating it every day and get bored or dislike it; but we see kids like all meal we give them.
Edwin: Then you have observe good results in the community? You mentioned the commitment in parents.
Prof. Moran: Yes, excellent, this has come to support us heavily, maybe not 100% yet but to a 98% – 99% education center feel supported by parents and this kind of donations provide to the school.
Edwin: How may grades at this school?
Prof. Moran: nine grades.
Edwin: How many teachers.
Prof. Moran: six teachers.
Edwin: How many classrooms?
Prof. Moran: three classrooms.
Edwin: Number of students?
Prof. Moran: 120 students. Right now, we have relocated nine grade because the main classrooms are for primary, 9 grade I located at the multipurpose room, since we do not have the right number of classrooms, we should have nine, but sadly, for now we do not.
Edwin: In order to finish, can you remind me your name, charge, school name and place where we at?
Prof. Moran: Excellent. My name is, Isaias Roberto Moran Espinoza. I am permanent principal at the Jose Trinidad Reyes basic education center in the Chaparral community, Marilica village, Pespire municipality, at Choluteca County.
Edwin: Thanks so much teacher, I appreciate your time.
Prof. Moran: thanks to you for the support and we are always at your service, and thanks for the meal you provide and do not stop providing it!
Edwin: Of course, teacher thanks so much!
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