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Positive thinking during the pandemic

Meybelin, one of the girls participating in Plan International El Salvador's Champions of Change program, express her concern that many children are affected by the pandemic.

Many girls and adolescents recognize the need to be aware of information about the COVID-19 pandemic and to continue their education, but also to show solidarity with the children of their communities.

Meybelin, one of the girls participating in the Plan International El Salvador Champions of Change program, expresses her concern that many children are affected by the pandemic.

Home quarantine is a measure implemented by the Salvadoran authorities since March 14, 2020, which involved the suspension of face-to-face academic activities and the suspension of some productive activities.

“I am isolated with my family and I do not see my colleagues, friends, teachers, and family. But at the same time I try to have as much communication as possible with them, right now, to give them support and encouragement to overcome this pandemic positively, "said Meybelin.

In this new reality, organizing daily activities is your strategy to fulfill your academic responsibilities, support household chores, and, of course, practice recreational activities such as drawing and painting, playing the guitar, doing physical exercises, practicing reading. and learning a second language.

With a guitar in hand, practicing her favorite melodies, she emphasizes that at the moment it is necessary to fill herself with positivism, leadership, empathy, and solidarity; attitudes necessary to support other girls in your community.

"For a healthy coexistence at home it is necessary to put into practice the values, such as love, respect, communication, coexistence, humility, sincerity, harmony and especially trust in our parents and family," he added.

Knowing your rights and avoiding all kinds of violence against girls, adolescents, and women are part of the knowledge acquired in Plan International's programs, which is considers important to prioritize during the emergency.

“One of the recommendations that I would give to girls in El Salvador and the world is to never stop dreaming big, to not give up because women are capable of everything we set out to do, to never stop believing in themselves ”, she reiterated.

Meybelin hopes to continue the work of sharing these positive messages with more classmates and girls in her community, through social networks.

The hallways of the school and classrooms have been changed by a mobile device or computer screen used to stay in touch and receive classes, during a global-scale emergency.

Social networks and chat, like WhatsApp, are how they communicate as long as they can. "Only at times, because in our community we do not have signal (from the Internet) because our area is a rural area," she said.

Due to the emergency, the Ministry of Education of El Salvador implements an educational continuity strategy that comprises three phases, the first two have to do with the preparation and distribution of educational guides and the third deals with the digitization of education.

Children are receiving online classes but one of the limitations that students like Meybelin face is a poor internet connection. "In my case I have to leave the house to be able to communicate with my teachers so that I can do my homework," she said.

Despite the difficulties, she does not lose heart and does his best to exercise his right to education.