In El Salvador, one of the most violent countries in the world, the schools represent a safe space to grow. The future of children and a culture of lasting peace depend on our ability to offer them opportunities to cope with physical and psychological violence, low self-esteem and expectations for an encouraging future.
Schools for the Future implement projects that support education and violence prevention with collaboration of public schools in El Salvador. Research shows that reading habits and access to books has a strong impact on the ability to reflect and analyze, and is related to school performance in general. In our projects, participants are motivated to be reflective and analytical and to find in reading a source of pleasure and knowledge.
We have 7 years of experience and great learning. We have also been recognized with the honor “Amigo de El Salvador” awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, in a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden in 2011.
Why is it important?
Reading for the Future is a project that promotes the prevention of violence through reading, is developed in collaboration with public schools in areas of risk and that are more disadvantaged. The target group involves children between 11-13 years old. The themes of the program are peaceful conflict resolution, democracy and human rights, gender equity, environmental sustainability, and intercultural understanding. The main objective of the project is to train a new generation of leaders by promoting self-reflection, encouraging short and long-term thinking, empowering dreams and ambitions for the future, strengthening the relationships of the school and home, the development of social networks and the ability to build them. There are more than 800 children who have participated in this project since it began in 2010.
We work 10 workshops (approximately 3 months) with groups of 12-16 participants (ideally), if possible with an equitable distribution of girls and boys. The intention is that each group should be a mix of students from different family backgrounds and academic achievement levels. Each workshop is attended by 1-2 facilitators.
How will we use the funds?
With the funds raised we can benefit a total of 64 children from 4 different schools in the area of Chiltiupán, La Libertad. The funds will be distributed to the mobilization to the schools, to the search and purchase of didactic materials, including books according to the topics that we will develop and the purchase of refreshments for each session.
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