Removing obstacles and unlocking God-given potential
Access to quality education can change the trajectory of a child’s entire life. Unfortunately, many children and youth in Nicaragua face social and financial obstacles that make it nearly impossible to stay in school, as reflected by the fact that only 43% of primary school students make it to the sixth grade. Our education programs aim to turn the tide.
Improving educational quality is not something any one party can achieve by itself, it requires long-term coordination between teachers, families, and local organizations. We equip teachers with effective and innovative strategies to provide their students with the best education possible, focusing on strengthening areas of weakness identified through diagnostic tests.
Due to lack of resources, developmental and recreational activities in Nicaraguan public, primary schools is quite limited. We work with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education to promote a variety of educational enrichment activities in each of the rural and urban schools that we serve.
Reading skills are fundamental to a child’s educational career and are critical in everyday life. Partnering with the Ministry of Education, we perform diagnostic tests that help measure levels of reading comprehension and identify areas of weakness for future teacher trainings. In addition, reading clubs are established in the schools to promote a lifelong appreciation for reading.
Although public school is technically free, the price of a uniform, backpack, and school supplies makes education cost-prohibitive for many families, and students are forced to drop out to help make ends meet. Our high school and university scholarships seek to remove any obstacles to education in order to allow students to reach their God-given potential.