This centre was built to train teachers and support students of rural Southwestern Costa Rica. Less than 5 percent of High School graduates from this area pass the entry exam to a public university. The Foundation has recently won a 2-year grant to improve the training of all science teachers from this region, but we cannot start the project until the facilities are ready. This grant does not allow for facility upgrades, so your support is needed to make the centre functional.
The training centre was built to support the improvement and advancement of students and teachers in Southern Costa Rica. During the last 9 years, we have struggled to raise enough funding to have the centre almost finished and ready. But not having the restrooms ready is a serious obstacle. We have most of the materials and supplies to finish them, but we require the funding to pay mainly for labor.
Our foundation provides support in the form of training to disadvantaged students and to teachers from rural areas. Having a functional training centre will allow us to provide training in many fields, including science education, environmental issues, research techniques. In order to operate properly, restroom facilities are a must. Other unfinished details of the building are just minor inconveniences, that can be finished later. Your support will allow us to officially open the facilities.
Less than 5 percent of High School graduates from Southwestern Costa Rica pass the entry exam to a public university. By improving the science training of high school teachers, we could improve the admittance rates of future graduates; therefore, increase the chances for them of getting a university degree, and break the circle of poverty. Better trained teachers could have a long lasting impact in the future of more than 3,000 high school students graduating from this area every year.