My Little Red House Bilingual School is a growing organization with humble origins: Carol Penman, a mother of three had always wanted to give her children and others in Ocotepeque the chance to grow up speaking English.
Knowing how important the English language can be to Hondurans, Carol acted upon her desire. In 1998 Carol started 'My Little Red House Bilingual School' with the help of her mother, experienced teacher Alba Gloria Penman.
_What started off as a kindergarten with a dozen
students has now become a full bilingual kindergarten, elementary and
secondary school educating over 80 students from pre-kindergarten up to 11th grade. Since its founding, the school has expanded to occupy two
buildings and the staff are hoping to expand yet again in the near
future as soon as they gather the resources. Thanks to contributions,
we have been able to to keep our tuition extremely low. We also
continue to offer scholarships to a large portion of our students,
extending the benefits of a bilingual education to children who might
not otherwise have the opportunity to attend such a school. My
Little Red House Bilingual School is a unique gift in Ocotepeque,
giving children the chance for a better future by learning English. More recently, the school has expanded to include a French program to further the education of its students.
__My Little Red House Bilingual School remains standing
today thanks to the tremendous support of the parents who entrusted us
with the education of their children when we were just a project, along
with the many people who have donated their time and money to help
give our students the opportunity to learn English.
_Special thanks to Alba Gloria Penman, Ana Penman, and Jenny Penman for their dedication and contributions throughout the years.
Our Vision and Mission
_Our Vision: We know that English is becoming increasingly important in Honduras and is the key to a successful career. We want to help create a prosperous and educated community with children who are able to speak a second langauge fluently. We are committed to enstilling the lasting appreiciation of the importance of education and a love of learning in a country where education is not required beyond the sixth grade.
Our Mission: My Little Red House Bilingual School strives to provide a high-quality bilingual education for all children of Ocotepeque, regardless of social class, religion, gender, or race.
When "My Little Red House" first opened its doors, it offered classes in kindergarten with a dozen students and operated
out of the Penman family home. As time progressed, a new grade was
added each year and the school moved to several locations within
Ocotepeque to accommodate the growing number of students.
Our first English Volunteer Teacher, Mathew Thayer
Photo Gallery: The Beginning of Our Dream
Today and the Future
_Today, My Little Red House Bilingual School is a thriving
institution and well respected within the community of Ocotepeque. The
school educates approximately 80 students and will add an additional grade to its curriculum this year. In order to expand for the future,
the school continues to need help of volunteers, donations and financial
funding. If you would like to contribute towards the future success of
our school, please contact us directly at: littleredbilingualschool @gmail.com
Thanks to funding for projects, we are able to improve our school which benefits the students. Before and After Photo's of Improvement to the School Playground.
Donation by grade six parents of a copy machine.
The addition of landscaping to the exterior of the school.