Sacrificing hours from their busy weeks, volunteers use simple information-gathering instruments to record things like how many days schools meet for class, how many classes are taught, and for how long, whether the school has textbooks and materials, and other issues important to children’s education.
“Who knows the story of David and Goliath?” asks Dolores Martinez, who coordinates AJS’s community engagement and auditing project. All twenty of the participants in plastic chairs arranged in a circle raise their hands. With the few small stones of advocacy, oversight, and accountability, she tells them, they can bring down the giant of corruption that is limiting the public education system in Honduras.
AJS and the Honduran education system work together towards transformation.
For the first time in more than a decade, Honduran children and teachers complete a school year.