Children from communities in Panama such as Coco Solo & Buena Vista face several barriers to a well-rounded education. These barriers stem from deficiencies in the general education system, lack of access to school, and adult education attainment levels. Out of 139 nations, Panama's primary education ranks 129, according to the World Economic Forum. Some youth within the community, like 3 sisters we work with, have never or only briefly attended school.
Education is key to helping under served students deal with the challenges of everyday life and creating opportunities for success. Our program provides students with positive experiences that would otherwise not be available to them - a library, a safe space, an after school teacher, art supplies, computers, workshops, support, and supplemental nutrition. Tutoring is focused on math and literacy for 1st - 6th grade. We plan to increase to 50 students in 2016 and include other subject areas.
Education empowers youth, increases confidence and prepares for a future of economic security. Tangible results we expect in the long-term include: reduced youth involvement in gangs & drug use, higher levels of educational attainment, job preparation, and improved prosperity and quality of life. We monitor student progress by collecting their report cards each trimester and conducting quantitative and qualitative assessments throughout the year. We tailor the tutoring based on these results.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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