I love siestas. There is nothing more fantastic than a country-wide sanctioned afternoon nap. After lunch I sleep and then wake up at 2:00 and take a taxi ($1.00 each way) to ASOCRUZ and help out until 6:00.
ASOCRUZ is a public school with very limited funding that teaches deaf students basic subjects along with a few trades such as sewing and cosmetology.
Today I worked with three students ages 12-18 who entered the school about a month ago and are learning the basics of sign language, numbers, letters and Spanish. Today we spent four hours teaching the students how to spell and sign their names. Let me repeat that. Myself and another teacher spent four hours teaching three 12-18 year old students WHAT THEIR NAMES ARE.
For the record, their names are Cecilia, Marco, and Javier. Tomorrow, when I ask them what their names are--they will know. In fact, they will also know my name and the name of their other teacher Mabel.
I am going to use this moment to emphasize the importance of sign language for deaf children. These kids had their entire childhood in a hearing public school and never learned their names. Today in a school for deaf children, using Bolivian Sign Language, they learned their names. Who knows what they will learn tomorrow or next week or next year.