In Chile, private schools have all the attention. Parents try to place their kids into a private school. Private schools can implement various activities as they see fit. Private schools have funds. Teachers seek to work in private schools since they have higher salaries. Private schools employ higher quality teachers.
Public schools in Chile are a complete opposite. They struggle. They are poor. They serve the underserved. They lack funds. They tend to have lower quality teachers.
During my time in Chile, I have visited a total of 10 schools (for now). As with anything in life, there are always things that are great, and things that need work. And then came Escuela Epu Klei in a small village of Lican Ray.
What fascinated me about Escuela Epu Klei in Lican Ray was the following:
the classrooms were beautiful and very creatively decorated,
teachers cared about their students,
teachers took pride in what they do,
teachers went above and beyond to create learning environment conducive to learning,
the school was clean and organized,
student work was everywhere,
both teachers and administration were extremely welcoming.