If you spend enough time in San Juan del Sur, it is highly likely that you will be invited to a Barrio Planta Project (BPP) dance performance, talent show, graduation or fundraiser. It feels as though not a single corner of the community goes untouched by BPP, which is nearly true. Students come from Rivas to Remanso to attend classes in what is gaining recognition as the most advanced continuing education program in San Juan del Sur.
However BPP offers the community much more than just a selection of after school classes. It provides aspiring students the opportunity for intellectual advancement, training in technology, English classes taught by native English speakers and exposure to diverse culture, art, and music. No student is left behind. No subject is neglected. No charge to students.
The schedule is creatively designed to mirror the existing public school system so that students can enroll in BPP as a complimentary continuing educational program to develop and finely tune skills that will improve their chances of getting jobs and eventually create them. BPP is educating the next generation of employees, employers and leaders in San Juan del Sur.
For children ranging from 8 to 15 years, BPP is currently offering 10 English classes at 5 different levels, 5 computers classes at 2 different levels (computer A & B), in addition to dance, music and art classes. The pre-English program is available for pre-schoolers aged 4 – 7 years and 3 levels of English classes are also available for adults in the evenings.
BPP has also been instrumental in creating San Juan del Sur’s first basketball league for girls coined “Las Poderosas” or powerful females in English. The basketball program stretches far beyond the basketball court by educating on real life issues such as fitness, health and hygiene.
Four years of a successful track record and a student enrollment list of 338 (and growing) evidences the demand for this type of advanced education. BPP has outgrown their school house by the sport park and is preparing to move into their new building located across the street from Hotel Villa Isabella. Big plans for the new home include 3 classrooms, a dance and art studio, a kitchen, a communal living space and hopefully one day a community computer lab.
Barrio La Planta Project is a Colorado non-profit corporation established to provide free access to English Education, Arts, Communication and Job-Training to the residents of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. All donations are tax deductible under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Needs: In addition to financial donations made to the school, BPP would like to provide School Packs to each of their students in their classes. School Packs include: 1 notebook, 3 pencils, 1 eraser, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 box of crayons, and a backpack. Please consider bringing down a school pack or 2 to donate to BPP on your next visit to San Juan.