In order to contribute to the education of preschool and school children of the city of Loja, it was decided to create the Educational Center “San Gerardo” in 1994, with a philosophical principle of integration and pedagogical alternatives to assist the development of learners, structuring cognitive advice, stimulating creativity, development of positive attitudes toward nature and human beings, promoting group participation, solidarity by various techniques; but especially ensuring the child’s growth and development in an environment of security, freedom and friendship as essential conditions for its realization as a human being.
In the new curriculum reform, education generally has more freedom, you can work actively and creatively allowing a more critical and spontaneous attitude of children. If we analyze the Montessori method, we realize that this is not as new as it seems; also the child’s needs have not changed their base; as love, respect, time is all you need regardless of race, sex, language or religion.
Our children are guided in a free and democratic manner; that is, they have the right to debate and discuss negative attitudes in groups with their teachers. Small working groups: the importance of the groups not being numerous, aims to preserve harmony and balance thereof, since sharing projects, workshops, green classes (ecological) and free game develops in children a broad social sense.
The development of these children follows a path that is sometimes uncomfortable for parents, because their children ask questions and criticize issues that the center allows and encourages, but sometimes they are misunderstood by adults with closed and submissive criteria.
If we project the future, this change in childhood is vital, as critical children and with self-esteem of their own values will achieve the changes that society needs.
To this end, it has been acquired a vast extension of nine and a half hectares land in the beautiful area of New Pompeii – “El Capulí” neighborhood, surrounded by a cozy and own landscape for our students to fully enjoy nature and tranquility. It is in this place where it will continue teaching all small and young Gerardines.
It is a modern, functional infrastructure, and above all adjusted and designed for our preschool, school and young children, to develop in comfort and technology that modern pedagogy demands, while children are carefully monitored in our central building.
Our institution works double day schedule. In the morning the core subjects are taught: Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Social Science, English, German and Ecology. In the afternoon: Chess, football, Food, Dance, Music, Basketball, Crafts, Addressed tasks.
We have a teaching staff integrated by national and foreign professionals in the different areas both formal and technical. They receive training and ongoing advice to the “Montessori methodology”. Plans of action to guide educational processes and improve relations between teachers, parents and students are developed.