With the classroom on your shoulder: the story of the itinerant teacher who travels the country teaching


See a group of boys rummaging through the trash It was the kick for Julio to start a new way of living. He is a professor of History and created the project “Chalk Paths”, which leads to corners of the country where you need it. The group is made up of him and Yanina. What do they do? Together they reach places where no one has ever been teaching itinerant classes before.

Julio Pereyra is 35 years old. He left his native Uruguay following a love that did not work. And he reinvented himself. He has been teaching for 12 years and seven years he came to Argentina. For the past six years, he has traveled the country to teach. “I don’t change this for nothing”he said in dialogue with TN and The People.

Julio teaching boys from a Misiones community. (Photo: Julio Pereyra).

With his white overall, and now with a chinstrap, he teaches in communities in the province of Missions. There, where there are no schools. Where the wooden windows are transformed into blackboards and where the boys, in addition to the classes, wait for the food. For Julio, that is his world. Giving and teaching are his premises. “We educate convinced that every chalk we spend is a bullet that won’t fire, and that each school that we found a prison that is not built, “is one of the messages that is read on the website of his initiative, a” gasolera “initiative, driven by desire.

“Caminos de Tiza” is a Itinerant school that was already in Corrientes, Chaco, Santiago del Estero, Río Negro and now Misiones. The work is ad honoremBecause the biggest reward for Julio is that each boy learns to read, add, subtract, and help them grow. He is present in all that process, where he also prepares parents for when he has to travel to another community.

With a white overall and a chinstrap, Julio teaches in a place in Misiones. (Photo: Julio Pereyra).
With a white overall and a chinstrap, Julio teaches in a place in Misiones. (Photo: Julio Pereyra).

“Prepare the auxiliaries and the parents of the students is a challenge. We need them to take the post for when we are not there. We teach children through parents. We teach Braille, early stimulation, psychomotricity, inclusive sport, comprehensive sex educationl (ESI), among other activities, “he listed.

He won several international awards for his work and they offered him many jobs he rejected because you feel like you’re on the right track.

Thanks to donations he prepares the “school kits” that he gives to his students. Travel kilometers on foot or hitchhiking on the routes to get to that place where there are boys who want to learn. There is always a family that invites you to eat and so are the days of this history teacher and his partner.

With love and dedication, Julio teaches his students. (Photo: Julio Pereyra)
With love and dedication, Julio teaches his students. (Photo: Julio Pereyra)

Caminos de Tiza has a Facebook page and a website where they receive donations to continue their work. If you can help them, click on the link.