Students of the Waspam extension receive classes in open spaces, such as a COVID-19 prevention measure.
Strategies for meeting the academic calendar
Students of the careers in Education Sciences receive their third face-to-face meeting in URACCAN Waspam extension, thus complying with the academic calendar 2020. In addition, it began with the first half of the second half of this school year, always implementing all measures to prevent Covid-19.
According to Hermes Castellanos, PhD, coordinator of the university extension, from URACCAN all safety measures are being implemented to protect the health of the university community, without leaving aside the academic development of this house of intercultural higher education.
"As an intercultural community university we have been applying strategies for some students from the municipality of Waspam who are from indigenous communities, miskitus, mayangnas and mestizos of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast, so that they can develop their meetings normally and be able to conclude with the first academic semester," Castellanos explained.
The coordinator also argued that one of the difficulties presented by students of the Waspam extension is the little access to the Internet and technological devices that facilitate virtual classes. "We've seen that our students don't all have laptops, they don't have tablets, some do, but it's the minority, they don't have access to smartphones either, so we've looked for some way for boys to get in time and shape in classrooms," Dr. Hermes said.
Measures to protect the institutional security protocol include the use of hygienic tools and utensils, as well as temperature intakes when entering campus. In response, Castellanos said that there is a person in charge of taking the temperature to all student staff and officials and officials of the Waspam extension, where "everyone has to walk with their lid (it is mandatory) and hand washing".
Another measure is the reception of outdoor classes. "We're trying to be in the cafeteria, which is outdoors, under the trees, and we're trying to keep the groups not too numerous, so there's more security," the coordinator said.
Intercultural perspective implemented in classrooms
In this third face-to-face meeting, the careers that are being attended in the Waspam extension are: Bachelor of Education Sciences with mention in English, Bachelor of Science in Education with mention in Language and Literature, and Bachelor of Science in Education with mention in Social Sciences.
"Students have responded with great responsibility because we have been giving talks about the effects of coronavirus on indigenous communities. That is why all students are taking all hygiene measures responsiblely and in that way we wait in God already on Saturday we close the meeting of Education Sciences and conclude with the first semester in the Waspam extension," Concluded Dr. Castellanos.
For his part, the student of the Fourth Year of Educational Sciences with mention in Spanish Language and Literature, Aurelio Salomón, stated that during this week they are receiving the subject Hispanic American Literature II, taught by the teacher Irma Herrera Peters, who called it important because "through it we realize the importance that we have as an Aboriginal group of the region and we can rescue , and improve education, both in culture, in social development and in indigenous groups."