by H Mac Wooten
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanters wand! — itself a nothing! —
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyse the Cæsars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless! — Take away the sword — States can be saved without it!
I suspect most everyone from a Developed Country with some modicum of education is familiar with this adage. It was coined by the English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839 for his playRichelieu; Or the Conspiracy.
For our low-tech purposes, we’re substituting the Pen for a pencil. There is somewhat of a conspiracy here in Peru still being played out today. Take away the sword and arm the children with a pencil. Pencils and paper and qualified teachers with teaching materials are quite often not provided for by the government here. Think for just a moment about the possibilities of something as simple as The Gift of a Pencil …. The next New York Time Best Seller book, the next poet laureate, music for the next love song or pop tune or just having the ability to write your name Yeah …. think about that last one …. ouch that hurts doesn’t it? A simple … pencil! What a profound instrument even in the hand of a child.
In developed countries, the use of email/computers has pretty much surpassed the need for actual handwriting and thank goodness for sepllchecker! For many of Peru’s 30 million this technology is out of their reach. In reality, a pencil and paper is their current technology.
Make a $ 10.00 donation to Teach a Teacher and we’ll send you a postcard with a hand written Thank You from one of the children in one of the schools we work with or if you prefer a Virtual Postcard with a picture of the school and picture of one of the children ….. please specify. Please email your address to : email@example.com
Your Donation may be used for: Paying a Peruvian Translator working with one of our Volunteers. We don’t require our Volunteers to speak perfect Spanish but of course some Spanish language skills are appreciated. In some cases, the translator is translating from English to Quechua.
We also provide transportation to the schools where the Volunteer is working. Sometimes the school in a remote community high in the Andean hillsides.
We always try to leave a pencil for each student. If you have a special request for your donation, please specify it and we’ll try to accommodate your request as well as provide documentation if possible.
**The Volunteer Teachers provide their own transportation to and from Peru as well as their own lodging and meals.
Teach a Teacher and our Volunteers provide Professional Development and help teach basic teaching skills to Teachers here in Peru.
Mac Wooten is President and Senior pencil sharpening technician of Teach a Teacher nonprofit. A native of Greenville S.C. We live and focus most of our work in the Ancash region of Peru.