Some children have very bright minds, but have special needs in order to allow them to reach their full potential. Brillo de Sol is an educational project that was born 7 years ago to take care of these children:
Very often they don’t pass their grade
Are removed from other educational centers
Or don’t learn by traditional methods
Some of the causes are:
Being diagnosed with learning disabilities
Have serious emotional problems
Are over age
Come from extreme poverty
Are gifted and talented students who quickly become bored
We do not discriminate against any student because of his/her age, religion, learning style, or failure to pass the same grade. We provide a quality education with well-trained teachers and proper methodology that fits the individual needs of each student.
With strategies and up to date therapies that enable us to discover their intellectual abilities, we help the students achieve a higher self-esteem through unconditional love and acceptance, at the same time respecting their individuality.
Brillo de Sol’s philosophy is, “to provide the warm sunlight a child needs to flourish and blossom”. Our students receive classes while listening to music by Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, Brahms, Zen Music and others; they work and learn through experience, experimentation, and dramatization with the classroom being a laboratory of ideas and reflection..
Every morning, our students pray and they receive a scientific lesson that enriches their culture. For example, we share the biography of Einstein, Walt Disney, Thomas Alba Edison, and Tom Cruise because all these great men also had learning disabilities.
During recess, the students play with puzzles, dominos, jump the rope, or dance different genres of music. The students also learn to respect each other, give each other a lending hand when in need, and never to laugh about the disabilities of their classmates.
The project doesn’t have a religion in particular, we respect every religion, but we teach our students to love and to be thankful to God.
During our working hours, the students also have other non-traditional classes like: Socialization, values, motor skills, cognitive skills, and vocational workshops.
The majority of our students were at home without having the opportunity to go to school because the nonexistence of an educational institution that would provide the adequate education with effective teaching methodologies that could furnish a quality education.
We utilize teaching and rehabilitation methods such as: Montessori, Neuronet, Estrellita, Program of instrumental enrichment, Champions, (Used only at Brillo de Sol and University Del Valle in Guatemala) and others. Additionally, we use the national curriculum as our teaching base. But our best therapy is to teach our students to laugh through good humor, perseverance, and letting them feel our unconditional love and acceptance.
Brillo de Sol is the only institution in Antigua Guatemala that caters to these important, but underserved sectors of our population. We provide them with a vast array of tools, but most importantly with an exceptional education and rehabilitation. Brillo de Sol’s has an open door policy for all in need. Upon arrival to our doors, we assess the student with a socio-economic study of the family because every family has to pay a small tuition. Even if it is only of symbolic value, we believe it is necessary that every parent have demonstrated to have a stake in their child’s education and therapies. However, the students that attend Brillo de Sol are children that come with serious learning difficulties and from scarce economic resources. We open our doors to them and we make a difference in their future and their lives. Many of our children are urgently in need of sponsors to support their education.
Once a month we have “the parent’s school”, so we can get the parent involved in the integral education of their children and to work along the same line with the teachers.