Today was our first day visiting a Chilean school, Colegio Maestra Elsa Santibañez. It is located in the southern outskirts of Santiago. This school was founded in 1928, and is named after its director, who lead the school from 1967-1981. Only about half of the students in Chile attend public schools, the other half attend private schools, which are generally viewed as more desirable for those who can afford to pay the tuition. More on that later.
Upon entering the school we were warmly welcomed by the staff. In the background courtyard there appeared to be dozens of young uniformed children enjoying their afternoon recess time, hooting, hollering, and generally having a grand old time.
We next visited a primary classroom. The teacher introduced our group and allowed students to ask us questions.