Learn how to raise children in one of the South American countries – Ecuador.
Tells Katerina Bezruchenko – a journalist, teacher with experience in public schools in Ecuador and the mother of the baby.
I lived in Ecuador together for half a year, so I have a clear picture of how children are treated there. Moreover, my own daughter has Indian roots (Indians, as well as Aztecs and Mayans – the ancestors of South Americans).
Ecuador is an amazing exotic third world country. It represents three geographical zones at the same time: there is both the Pacific Ocean and the highest mountains – the Andes, and the Amazon rainforest. In this regard, there are three different climates and three different lives.
The academic year, for example, in these zones begins at different times: on the coast – from May to February, in the mountains and on the Amazon – from September to June.
Here are the observations I made and what I want to tell.
About carrying babies
I very rarely saw children in wheelchairs or ergoryukzakh. Perhaps due to the fact that it is so inconvenient to move around the mountainous terrain, and in the south, probably too hot for a stroller. In this regard, babies are worn on their hands, covered with a rug, or tied with a sheet to their backs.The latter refers to working ecuadorian women who sell something on the street all day.
Children are mainly transported by bus, as only a small percentage of residents can afford cars.
In cars, children drive unstuck, and in buses they are in the hands of adults. Despite the fact that drivers drive much worse than Russians there, I have never seen a child fall (unlike the grandmothers in our buses).Children in Ecuador in general are constantly with their parents.
I did not see seven-year-olds walking alone or going to school unaccompanied. By the way, the schools have a free delivery.
Kids are fed wherever there is something to sit down or lean on. It was often possible to see a mom on the street, who, unhesitatingly, was breastfeeding her baby, sitting on a dirty curb near a noisy and dirty stop.
When I worked at a local school, my questions and outrage over the fact that the children threw everything on the floor, my colleagues just shrugged their shoulders unknowingly – they say, these are children that you will take from them.In addition to scattering wraps from snacks, children are still allowed to roll where they want.
On the square spattered with chewing, where the whole city hangs out at night, for example. Children are allowed there.
Abortion is prohibited in Ecuador at any time.
You can get a pill for abortion, but only if you go to the police the day after the rape and file an application.In this regard, it is not uncommon to see grandmothers with babies in their arms – these are mothers who have very good health.
It is free for all Ecuadorian citizens and for immigrants. Free even drugs. That is why in Ecuador there is a crisis of immigration, especially now, when nearby countries are on the verge of civil war.
About family values
South Americans are very warm and sincere people. They have a family in the first place. On weekends you can see how the whole family of at least 5 people walks through the park, goes to the beach or just sits in a cafe.
• For all birthdays and major holidays, there are still more people, including children, 20 people for sure. These are all relatives who live in the same region.They dance to typical Ecuadorian music, they eat, they drink beer and a lot of soda.
• They know how to be friends. My former colleagues from the school were like a big family. They went to fridays parties, celebrated together all the national holidays and each other’s birthdays. These values are instilled in them from childhood.
• Teenage brothers, for example, can embrace in public without embarrassment or go by the hand with their mother. There, in general, everyone always embraces and does not hesitate to express their feelings for loved ones, especially for children.
However, in Ecuador, too, does not do without problems. There is another, dark side of such education. Due to the fact that they do not raise children there, but simply allow them to grow, children do not always understand how to act in this or that situation.
So, when I arrived there in October 2017, a scandal was discussed on the news: one Ecuadorian teacher in a public school raped more than 100 children. This is because in this country they do not think about the bad and do not prepare children for the worst. And children are easy to manipulate because of their naivety, and also because no one ever scares them with “alien uncles” and “babaykami.” These are the foundations at the other end of the world.