Yspaniola's Learning Center serves children aged 4-13 in Batey Libertad, a rural impoverished community in the Dominican Republic. Daily classes supplement the inadequate public school curriculum, focusing on Spanish literacy, mathematics, critical and creative thinking, as well as team work and self improvement. This project will allow us to hire an additional school teacher from the local community and support materials to sustain and expand our educational opportunities for at-risk youth.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The Dominican education system is one of Latin America's poorest: in a 2010 study by the Ministry of Education, fourth-graders answered correctly only 38.2% of math questions and 34% of reading comprehension questions. In Dominican bateys, impoverished rural communities, students fare much worse. Only 21% of teens attend secondary school, compared to a national average of 51%. 1 in 5 children under age 15 live without their parents, underscoring the enormous barriers to educational achievement.
How will this project solve this problem?
Yspaniola's Learning Center engages children aged 4-13 in active learning activities, emphasizing critical and creative thinking, basic literacy and math skills, and support of self improvement, particularly for the most behaviorally challenged kids. Students who grow up in the Center will become lifelong learners, with vertical access to higher education through Yspaniola's program of university scholarships and mentorship. Currently the Learning Center serves 50 children, with hopes to expand.
Potential Long Term Impact
The Learning Center offers a vertical model of educational attainment that will grow as students graduate from our program to become the teachers and mentors for a new generation of children. With this project's support, we aim to incorporate preschool classes and teen mentorship to feed into our existing university scholarship program, thereby offering higher education to the most vulnerable youth in the Dominican Republic. Through education, families may finally break the cycle of poverty.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,744
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $8,256
Total Funding Goal: $10,000