Pavones Schools Santa Clara Nicaragua
Pavones School Information
The Santa Clara school is located in the Nicaragua community 150 meters north of the Nicaragua Gulch. The school has an area of 1,500 m². It has one classroom, with another one being built in 2015 for special education, two bathrooms, a 30 m² roofed area for events and a small room for the teacher(s).
The Santa Clara school offers four study subjects: Math, science, Spanish, and social studies.
The institution has three teachers, one who is the acting Principal and primary teacher for grades 1-6 and a teacher for students with learning disabilities and also a teacher for students with mental retardation. In 2015, the student-teacher ratio was 18:1.
Santa Clara Nicaragua has six organized bodies that support it: the School Board, the Support Committee, the Scholarship Committee, the Parent Organization and the Cohabitation Committee.
The Santa Clara school participates in the following external programs: “Learn to Value Myself”, the Art Festival, and the Science Fair.
The school opened its doors in 1964, in the community called La Piña, 2 km northwest of the town of Rio Claro (Pavones). According to Mr. Ricardo Esquivel, locally known as Ricario, there was no money to buy the wood to build the school. As a result, the Board of Education of the school Álvaro París, located in Golfito, donated the wood for a classroom. At that time, there was no public road, so the wood was transported by boat with the help of Juan Espinoza and Pablo Ruiz Espinoza.
When they built the school Ricardo Esquivel named the school Santa (Saint), for the religious beliefs at the time, and Clara (clear), for the clarity of the waters in the rivers and the Pacific Ocean. The school was located in the maritime zone (within 200 meters of the hide tide mark) for 8 years in La Piña. In 1970, the enrollment decreased considerably due to the farm owners selling their farms to foreigners and moving away from the area.
It happened that there was another community that was experiencing an increase in the population in an indigenous zone. In 1972, the Santa Clara Nicaragua school relocated from the maritime zone to an area in the indigenous territory. Over the years, this community also started to sell their lands to foreigners, and there were subsequently fewer students enrolling in the Nicaragua school until there was only one student left. After 28 years of being located in the indigenous zone, the school was burnt down by questionable people in 1999. There was a complete loss of school documentation in the fire.
After the fire, it was suggested by some community members that the Santa Clara Nicaragua school to be re-established where it was before in the community of Piña. However, the communities of Piña and Nicaragua unanimously decided to put the school in the community of Nicaragua. Ricardo Esquivel negotiated a piece of his property for the school. In the summer of 2000 the community members of Nicaragua organized and built a small classroom of wood.