Juntos: Creating Ties

Sustainable development through meaningful partnerships.

Education Initiative

The education initiative was developed in response to the distinct differences that exist between the education systems of rural and of urban Nicaragua. The education system in Rosa Grande lags behind the country’s urban school systems. The goal of the education initiative is to understand these differences from the perspective of the residents of Rosa Grande and to collaboratively address local education needs. Also, our group was made aware of the pressing need for technological education in Rosa Grande. In response to this need, some members led workshops at the computer lab located in the local school to instruct community members on how to use PowerPoint and Excel. The skills developed within these workshops will aid local teachers, farmers, and business owners in organizing numeric data.

2014 – 2015

In November 2014, the education initiative created little booklets filled with facts about Nicaragua, as well as the benefits of eating Free Trade chocolate and the costs of eating regular chocolate. This booklet was then handed out to students who attended ChocoLate Night that month in order to raise awareness about the importance of Free Trade chocolate.

2011 – 2012

In 2011, the education initiative was made aware of the pressing need for technological education in Rosa Grande. The European Union donated five computers to Rosa Grande, but they did not leave software instructions for community use. In response to this need, we created tutorials for Microsoft Office Suite and instructed local school teachers on how to use programs like PowerPoint and Excel. The skills developed within these workshops will aid local teachers, farmers, and business owners in organizing numeric data.

2010 – 2011

During this past summer, community conversations were led by our group members to understand the community’s opinions on education and to allow parents, teachers, and students to discuss methods of improving Rosa Grande’s education system over the next few years.