educate. works to empower children and youth in Honduras through community-driven educational initiatives. With this project, we hope to kickstart our high school scholarship programme to support students in the coffee-growing mountains in accessing a secondary school education.
In the "zonas cafetaleras" (coffee zones) of Trinidad, Santa Barbara, most schools only go up to 6th grade. After primary school, the majority of students from these communities start to work. According to the World Bank, only 43% of students in Honduras finish 9th grade, let alone their "bachillerato" (12th grade) diploma. In rural areas like the ones where we work, this percentage is even lower.
The greatest barrier impeding students from the mountain villages in accessing high school is distance: the high schools in Trinidad center are too far away to walk to from the surrounding villages, and transport is too expensive. By hiring a mini bus, our team will collect and drop off students each morning and evening. We will also provide uniforms and school materials. This year, we hope to kick off the programme with a first 10 students, and to grow this number year by year.
Our scholars also act as community leaders and role models. Each Saturday, they will gather at the educate. Youth Center for workshops and community engagement activities focused on arts, literacy and environmental protection. Ultimately, the programme will create a community of young people who are engaged in driving long-lasting change in their communities.
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