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Colombian Children Learn English at the Rose of Sharon School

International Needs’ Rose of Sharon School has been reaching out to La Playa’s most vulnerable children and providing them with a quality, government-approved, Christian education since 2005. The school has over 500 students from pre-kindergarten to grade twelve. English classes have been added to the school’s curriculum to give students more opportunities when they pursue higher education or employment. Research shows that there are many benefits to learning more than one language. It challenges the brain like a good workout and improves cognitive development.

“Learning English will greatly benefit our students. Many English speaking people visit our school and our students are better able to communicate with them. Since English has become the world’s dominant business language, it’s important that our students are prepared to take advantage of new opportunities.” • Martha Villamizar, Director

Julian John remembers meeting English speaking visitors at the Rose of Sharon School. Although they were unable to communicate with him in words, they shared God’s love with him and it had a real impact on him.

“This experience stirred in me an interest in languages and other cultures, so I used my English dictionary much more. I graduated from the Rose of Sharon School with honours, and am presently doing a major in Business at the University del Norte, a prestigious university. I also translate for teams who come to visit the work of International Needs in Colombia. I am so thankful to God for these opportunities. If you would ask me what it takes to achieve your goals, I would say make sure that your plans are linked to the purposes of God for your life, and secondly, love what you do. I would like to thank those who have helped me along the way: my sponsors, donors, the Rose of Sharon School, and especially God.” • Julian John

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