Mexico: Tijuana school educates children of migrants waiting for US asylum status

The Los Angeles Pedagogical Institute (PILA) embarked on a project with the aim of educating children of migrants waiting for their asylum status in the US. The Nest School is located on the site of the Embajadores de Jesus shelter, next to the migrant shelter known as Little Haiti in Tijuana. Footage from Thursday shows the school facilities, parents leaving their children and pupils playing in the courtyards. «The benefit they have is that the children are bored in a shelter, and here they spend more time being entertained, taught, learning to be more educated, to deal with [other] children. The teachers have a lot of patience because our children are very rebellious,» said Betsy Sanchez, a Honduran migrant and a mother of one of students. Nearly 60 children from Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and Haiti are reportedly attending classes at the school. «The difference with this educational plan that PILA has is that they learn by playing, with some dynamics, they learn through games, to do things with their hands, so they have a lot of fun and at the same time they are learning,» said Gustavo Branda, founder and director of the shelter where the school is located. The children maintain a farm and are busy with other activities such as gardening, painting and handicrafts.

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