Although there is a primary school in the community, the nearest high school is 3.5 hours upstream in San Andres (which was completed with the assistance of Change for Children in 2010). The majority of the secondary school level youth do not have the resources to travel and live close to a secondary school.
Currently, a team of six primary school teachers offers instruction to secondary school students wherever they can find space: a church, small, overcrowded homes, or in the shade of a tree or building.
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Full Project Summary
500 students in Walakitang & 500 students in Yakalpanani will be direct beneficiaries of the school construction, and indirectly, the entire population of the BOSAWAS Biosphere Reserve (32,000+) will be touched by the results.
Educated people in this region are few and far between, forcing the population to rely on non-indigenous labour, consultants and politicians to occupy positions of responsibility for infrastructure development, agricultural training, education, medical care and business promotion.
Information for Educators
Please visit here: http://www.changeforchildren.org/db/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=110&Itemid=176 for curriculum materials about education in this region.
Project OutcomeThis school will provide the indigenous population with its own educated members, qualified to seek higher education and return to the zone to occupy positions of responsibility and make intelligent and informed decisions for their people and the forest.
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