The lack of a high-level official education system has led to Café Orgánico Marcala Sociedad Anónima (Comsa), in western Honduras, to promote a project based on the proposal of the American Glenn Doman, who says that human beings are ready to learn from the mother's womb, the same as with the Waldorf and Montessori methods.
The project, with children and adolescents, under the name of Comsa International School, works in the city of Marcala, department of La Paz, where one of the best coffee in Honduras is produced.
"This is one of the main projects of the social responsibility of our company Organic Coffee Marcala" and "arises from a process of reflection analyzing the situation of the country," said the head of Human Resources of Comsa, Rommel Melghem.
Thus they concluded that one of the roots of the country's social problem is its educational model and sought to "generate an educational experience by doing things differently and trying to develop the child and prepare him to be a true human being".
This involved investigating and knowing the proposal of Glenn Doman (1919-2013), for whom "the human being is ready to learn from the mother's womb", and from there the first five years of the children in the educational center are a kind of maternal, educated with that methodology, explained Melghem.
Children are taught with reading bits, which are cards that are briefly shown to them, which causes them to accumulate different types of information: art, values and techniques that serve the purpose of developing the two cerebral hemispheres.
The children receive training in Spanish, English, French, Japanese, Swedish and German, based on the proposal of Glenn Doman, that the human being from birth is ready to start receiving data such as encyclopedic, mathematical and scientific, among others , what they have verified in Comsa International School.
The educational center has students, all scholarships, up to the level of baccalaureate, which are mostly children of the members and workers of Comsa. Between 15 and 20 percent of the students are children of people who are not members of the company.
After five years, the children move to another downtown building, where they are educated under the Waldorf and Montessori approach.
In Comsa "we want citizens educated in a local way for the world, true human beings, creative, sensitive, supportive that can join, even, in the future, to make companies, with initiatives to launch common, not individualistic projects as we are now", said Melghem.
The interesting thing about the project, which has attracted other educational centers and has received praise from the Honduran president, Juan Orlando Hernández, is that in a collective way, through teamwork, projects and great initiatives can be carried out that impact on the development of the region and the country.
In Comsa they believe that "when there is a will and social commitment, development can be generated, and that when there is transparency in the use of resources and efficiency, tangible results can be seen".
The educational project of Comsa is very expensive because of the technology, the center's infrastructure and the team of teaching staff that is quite large and multidisciplinary.
Teachers also receive training continuously, which for Comsa is an investment because it is about training better Hondurans.
"For us, the center of social responsibility is education, because we are convinced that this is the path for the development of the country," said Melghem.
Among other aspects, the classrooms of children from one to five years do not have walls, which is due to the fact that "they can not be locked up", nor do they have to use chairs.
The executives of Comsa consider that although it is "a harsh and sad reality, the Honduran since childhood is used to prison, so that when unfortunately for some reason the young man goes to jail, it is no longer strange because the school to which it was a space with four walls, with small windows, with bars, with a dark environment, nothing pedagogical ".
In the educational center of Comsa the classrooms have glass that can be run or removed so that the child feels freedom, look out, see the horizon and dream of what lies ahead.
When the child is conditioned, "indirectly you are being told not to innovate, not to face challenges, not to dare to know the unknown, do not get out of the scheme or do not advance if we do not give permission," Melghem explained.
That the classrooms do not have chairs is part of neurolinguistic programming, in a country where a meeting of a mayor's office or a board that can last two hours, is extended to six because everyone is seated, he said.
"Here the children are without chairs, they are on the floor or standing, they walk and run when they want and we have seen that the attention levels of the subject they are directing are not lost, on the contrary, the child is more alive, more awake and with concerns, "he said.
The two educational levels of the Comsa International School are recognized by the Ministry of Education.
Here, when the children are told about the rivers, they are not shown on a computer, they are taken to one that crosses near their educational center, surrounded by mountains, so that they can better know the nature and charms of this region. from Honduras.
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