Would you like a tour of Bertha? Because I'd very much like to show you around.....
Bertha Gedeón de Baladi is a school in the Campestre neighborhood in Cartagena. From 6am - noon, approximately 1,200 1st - 5th graders go to school and the 800 or so 6th - 11th graders attend from 1pm - 7pm. While double sessions are typical across Colombia, the facilities at Bertha are small.
Bertha focuses on three values: Gratitude, Science and Progress. And the one-woman-force that is Rosalia Mendoza is bringing English to the secondary students of Bertha to further support students' progress and engagement in the world.
As our host teacher, Rosalia planned each activity to be an opportunity for her students. From English to cultural interaction Rosalia built a bridge between her students and English and the world through our visit.
Our first visit
Take a peek
Our last day
First, we were greeted by the school marching band and a little parade.
A couple of students did presentations for us, too, including a rap and a performed poem. Finally, students presented us each with a poster as a gift for our students back home. You'll understand why I love this poster so very much.
Thank you, Bertha Gedeón de Baladí, for the inspiration, the love, and the assurance that the world is, indeed, a beautiful place.