ALG After Class Study Centres are educational spaces to provide academic support to youngsters in school age, after classes. This support is free and provided in underprivileged communities with low schooling rates.
In 2016, A Little Gesture decided to strengthen the snack in São Vicente Paulo, and started to provide a meal with rice and beans. In Santa Luísa de Marillac, the snack is composed of bread or cookies and juice, since children also benefit from the School Feeding Programme similarly financed by ALG.
With £833 in Santa Luísa de Marillac and £2.151 in São Vicente Paulo – an average amount of £10 student/year – ALG finances assistant teachers for after-school follow-up (focusing on subjects such as Portuguese and Maths), occasional school materials and a daily snack; an essential factor to guarantee children’s attendance.
In After Class Study Centres, a lot has happened during this last year! Volunteer Adriana made teaching more dynamic and taught our children many fun and different facts. In Santa Luísa de Marillac, during the snack period, children learned basic health and hygiene habits which help to prevent diseases. In São Vicente Paulo, where we provide a warm and comforting lunch, children’s creativity was explored and they drew animals using the shape of their hands to create different figures. The guaranteed result was: lots of smiles!