English translated transcript – Channel 30 coverage on February 24th exclusive (23 minutes)

USL (in spanish it would be…(Super Aprendizaje Unificado)

Interview in Santa Lucia Utatlan, Guatemala



0:00—Dear viewers, it is a pleasure to be with you again. Receive a cordial greeting from channel 30

0:08—Let me tell you that on this occasion we are here at Santa Lucia of Utlatán, precisely in the school “Escuela Mixta Rubén Darío, where we have two very important people for us, with whom we are going to be talking now…and

0:24—well, here we have a friend visiting us from abroad, whom we ask: What is your name?

0:29— (your response)

0:32—Well, visiting from South Korea

0:34—Tell us what organization do you represent?

0:38—(Your response)

1:00—Tell us what is your project about

1:04—(Your response)

2:18—It really is a very important and interesting project. How long will you be staying here in Santa Lucía?

2:27—(Your response)

5:01—Now that we have already spoken here with a voluntary member of South Korea, we’re also going to comment on here with professor Moises Villagran, as director of this educational establishment, about his opinion of this project, as a pilot project that is underway here at this establishment. Professor Moises:

5:23—Thank you Rene and thank you to our friends of this social communication media in our municipality,  as it is channel 30.

The truth is that we, as teachers, and always interested in watching over to improve the quality of education of the children that are being educated in this establishment,…we want to tell you that today we have the visit, here, of  our Korean friend who comes to consider a system of teaching and learning in regard to a methodology that is a pilot project for fast learning, specifically touching the subject of Mathematics , which is undoubtedly one of the very important subjects for the education of children and young people who are being educated today. The process itself measures the intellectual ability of children concerning the subject of mathematics

6:33—When did you started with the project, professor…

6:33—Specifically, from Monday to today, Thursday. Specifically four days since our Korean friend came. Then, we coordinated with him several actions. In fact, on Tuesday he did the first evaluation to the children, specifically students from elementary grades from second, third, fourth and fifth and of course sixth grade.

7:04—Which has been the reaction of the children of this establishment, concerning this project?

7:10—First, the mere fact of seeing a foreigner in our environment, has made the children’s reaction one of surprise because he is not the same kind of person as them, his language and physical characteristics have impacted the children’s personality. But at the same time, the children have taken this as a situation where they also care a little about paying attention to the learning process, here in the school of Ruben Dario. And, of course, we know that this type of activities, that definitely influence the process of teaching and learning, is very important.

8:03—Without a doubt, professor, this method and process and project comes to benefit and also to strengthen the teaching and learning of all childhood.

8:15—Of course. As Director, I have always told the teachers, the teacher’s staff of the school Ruben Dario, that my concern is that our children learn to read and write in the topic of the Spanish subject; in relation to the subject of Mathematics, that they learn to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Of course this is because these are the basic subjects with which we work on a daily basis. Specifically today we have the visit of our Korean friend and with this pilot project of mathematics we are measuring the ability of the children to know how much they have learned in this subject. Logically, this is a challenge for us because we are going to keep the results of these evaluations that have been made by our Korean friend to our students. We’re going to be able to identify which children are doing well and which need further feedback of the basic knowledge of mathematics, we will focus in these kids.

9:36—(You in class)

14:26—(in chorus) “Let’s support USL go global

14:29—We are, by this means, greeting all the people of Santa Lucia of Utatlán, and it is specifically to give my impression about the program that has brought us, in this opportunity, Dong Chan Lee of South Korea. It is a project in which he intends to teach techniques to our students for the learning, mainly, of mathematics. But as he says, you can also do it with chemistry, biology…; however, we believe that this project and this kind of teaching are very important for our students because they will learn from this system unknown to them and that we believe will be very effective. We hope, and the expectations we have are that this will be in the advantage of, principally, the well-being of our students concerning their learning in math and logically, their lives, their academic preparation and of course in the school’s reputation in regarding the students and their academic preparation. So we have decided to support his project, which sincerely speaking, we find very interesting, very ambitious, such I believe. Like he has told us, the technique used will be very good for the learning and benefit, mainly, of our students and therefore the social benefits that will fall on our students to become better professionals, for a better society, a better Santa Lucía, a better Guatemala. At the end this is the main goal of all teaching and the whole national education system. So to us, it’s a pleasure having him here and we hope to, not only collaborate with him, but that the benefit he will leave for our school may be what we hope for and we expect to find in this project.

16:42—The USL project is 50 times faster

16:46—The USL project is 50 times faster from the moment it is taught

16:51—The USL project gives us the ability to learn thirty times more, of what, at least, we are taught in one month.. we learn it in forty minutes.

17:00—USL serves us to learn fast. For example, he has taught us in one hour what our teachers have in, let’s say, about a year and thanks to him, we learned faster.

17:14—My name is Alicia Godoy, I am studying in the Colegio Evangélico Integral El Mesías (Integral Evangelical School The Messiah), I am on Second Basic Grade. The program of USL was very fun; it was a very nice experience where we learned to deal with mathematics in a faster way. He gave us examples and if we could not understand, he would explain back and help us to learn mathematics easier. In my case, I advanced in 35-40% faster because of his fun way to explain everything and I give thank s for all he did for us since he came to help us a lot.

17:52—My name is George Moises Vasquez, I study at Colegio Evangelico Integral El Mesias and the USL program was very fun because I learn to solve math problems faster.

18:05—The USL program has been a very good process for all the student’s learning and has helped us also how to resolve algebraic problems moving a little faster and teaches also the steps and maybe it’s a little complicated at the beginning but at the end we found the way thanks to the teacher.

18:31—Hello, my name is Elder, I’m in the Colegio Evangelico Integral El Mesias and the USL project, well, it sure is good because we are taught what we should learn in one month, in only forty minutes.

18:43—My name is Jordi. I think is fine because it teaches step by step to do it faster and we don’t have to complicate so much.

18:50—Hello, my name is Anderson. To me, USL serves to learn more and thanks to this I learned. Thank you.

18:59—We are here at the Colegio Evangelico Integral El Mesias. For us, it has been a great pleasure to have here the USL pilot project with our friend Dong Chan Lee; it’s been an honor helping him, support the project that he has presented in our school. I have been assisting him with all matters concerning paperwork in relation to the tests, taking the average scores of the students grades. He was here on Tuesday for Test #1, with good grade results and today he has given the students here their next test. And we thank him for his support to our school and hope this project will give our students a different  scope because it is really a faster process and a better way for our students to learn mathematics.

20:04—To us, school teachers of Colegio Evangelico El Mesias, it has been a great satisfaction to have here our friend Dong Chan Lee and the USL pilot project. To me a dream project, a big project however possible to reach. He’s been with us during three days. We saw our student’s motivation. It was really emotional to see the motivation they had with mathematics and what I found interesting of this pilot project, and I have to ask everybody who is listening to support in the way you can because he’s talking that by having the basic knowledge of mathematics, the existence of extreme poverty could be reduced—and this is very shocking! Sometimes, then, we have the power to excel but unfortunately we haven’t take advantage of science, mathematics…in able to do so. So to all the persons listening, I don’t know, maybe at world level, this project is worth of support to give this opportunity to our youth; that hopefully this pilot project becomes big, becomes more…that it may become real so this type of education will get to our establishments, to the places where there is a real necessity and I can really say there are solutions. What I admire most of our friend is that he has no excuses to say “I have no funds, no money”. I was in his class for 4 minutes and he was only with one marker and one board to reach out. The children were expressing themselves yesterday saying that with this pilot project they could learn 20 times or 30 times and some even said 50 times faster than the methology we use.

22:02—(in chorus) “Let’s support USL go global”