Nerio Emiro Polanco Semprun, Tepichi Talashi, which means “happy child” in the Wayúu idiom, comes from the necessity to provide a place for the Wayúu children where they can learn, receive a warm and nutritious meal and play. Tepichi Talashi, name of the first preschool and elementary school of The Wayúu Taya Foundation, is a place where the dreams of hundreds of children come to life; they sing, learn about music, knit, play and take part in several recreational activities in classrooms, playgrounds and the institution’s churuata.
This institution counts with basic installations with an over 450 children capacity. These children are currently enrolled in their first cycle of formal education. Classes in this educational venue are given in both Spanish and Wayuunaiki. Students and general members of the community are provided with sanitary assistance and proper nutrition by a medical group in charge of specialized attention in the healthcare area. They also give lectures about hygiene to parents and children.