With such extreme poverty rates, it makes one
wonder what the state of education must be in Nicaragua. According to UNICEF,
the youth of Nicaragua have a literacy rate of 85% for males and 88% for
females. This is largely due to the education programs that the Nicaraguan
government has put in place.
In Nicaragua, the government offers free primary education for all citizens. This education is mandatory, and all children must attend school. Despite this compulsory nature of this law, truancy is a minimal concern. Thus, the law is not strictly enforced. This does little to ensure that education is available to all children in Nicaragua. As a result, many families choose to have their children work rather than attend school. This issue is further compounded when families must also pay for uniforms, supplies, etc. When they already are struggling, these extra expenses make attending school only a dream. Even if children are able to attend school, the quality of education they receive is subpar compared to the education available in private institutions. Public schools in Nicaragua are often underfunded. Furthermore, teachers are underpaid and have poor inadequate training.
As tourism has grown in the country, there has been an influx of visitors to the country. Many of these visitors come to take in a natural beauty, but poverty is often overlooked as these tourists explore the natural wonders throughout Nicaragua. It is no different for Laguna de Apoyo.
Laguna de Apoyo was declared a nature reserve in 1991 and is a popular tourist destination. Geologists believe that Lake Apoyo formed 23,000 years ago. Tourists head to the lake to check out the dark sand beaches, enjoy watersports, go diving, etc. But there is often little acknowledgment of the indigenous people living near the lake in shantytowns suffering in extreme poverty. This extreme property is not always ignored though. Organizations like The Peace Project have been created specifically to address poverty in this growing tourist hotspot.
The Peace Project is dedicated to improving
the community of Laguna de Apoyo. Some of their main initiatives include
focusing on providing educational opportunities, environmental education, beach
clean-ups, and numerous community events and classes.
The Peace Project has several different
education initiatives in Laguna de Apoyo. One of these initiatives is to
provide scholarships to community youth to attend a local private school. In
addition to providing the scholarship, The Peace Project is also offering
scholarship recipients tutoring in English, math or linguistics two times a
Another education initiative by the organization is to provide extracurricular activities to one of the local public schools. The Peace Project will provide these activities to the students twice a week. Such activities include English lessons and art lessons, as well as various team sports. The Peace Project has teamed up with one public school in particular to offer these activities. The organization is also raising funds to upgrade the public school facilities by installing fans in the classroom, improving playground equipment, etc.
High paying jobs like appliance repair
In addition to these efforts, The Peace Project is also working with several other schools in Laguna de Apoyo to offer English lessons and teachers assistants for English teachers. You can take your English language and apply it to many high paying jobs. One example of that would be getting into appliance repair, and serving your local community.
Beach clean-ups are the primary environmental
initiative of The Peace Project. These projects are done in conjunction with a
local nature conservation group. These beach clean-ups involve spending the day
picking up trash that has collected on the lakeshore.
The Peace Project also offers educational
presentations to different schools focused on environmental education.
A third environmental initiative is an organic
garden. The organization uses this garden to teach local youth about growing
food without pesticides that are harmful to the environment. Additionally, this
garden is used to teach the importance of good nutrition. An initiative that is
especially important in a nation where malnutrition is a major health issue.
The Peace Project also has initiatives
targeted towards the community at large. These main initiatives include
offering a number of different classes for community members of all ages.
Classes included English classes and swimming classes. The organization also
sponsors a local soccer team.
All of these initiatives are targeted at reducing
poverty, improving education, and enhancing the community of Laguna de Apoyo.