When “back to school” does not exist
In 2015 - the date foreseen by the international community to reach universal education for all- it is foreseen that 56 million children will still not have the right to attend school. In Entreculturas we work to solve this tendency because we want all children to be able to "go back to school".
Together with our local partners, some of the education lines of action that we carry out in Africa and Latin America are the following:
One of the main objectives of Entreculturas is not only that all children may go to school, but that education may be a quality education. For this purpose an adequate number of teachers is needed for each group of students. This is why in Chile we work for a Quality Education that includes improvements in teacher training, learning, increasing infrastructures and equipment so that they may have a good education from the beginning.
Every year, 28 million children drop out of primary school in Sub Saharan Africa. To fight this, in Burundi we aim that all those who, because of their financial situation have not ended their studies, may have access to a professional training in modern agricultural skills that may allow them to finance the Bujumbura primary school.
Access to education is especially worrying when it comes to women , who are forced many times to household chores without the possibility that their brothers have of going to school. It is not only a question of learning; many times education is useful to leave violence or extreme poverty contexts. This is the case of Guatemala, where a considerable number of women have been victims of political, social and structural violence and this is why we aim for their empowerment. The project focuses on strengthening these women´s organizations and their communities, accompanying them in their processes in search of truth and justice. We try to promote their capacities so they may defend their rights as women, natives and community members.
STREET CHILDREN REINSERTION
We also think that education is one of the necessary tools to face structures that generate poverty and on many occasions lead the youth to delinquency. In Cameroon we work for the social and family reinsertion of street youth and children and also for those in the central prison of Yaoundé, through contact and dialogue with the families, providing them with school enrolment and job skills training.
RADIO BASED EDUCATION
On some occasions, education is complicated because of the land condition and the long miles that some of the children have to walk to the nearest school. This is why in Tanzania we support the local populations through Radio Kwizera, a tool with which we inform the refugee population on the situation of their countries of origin as well as programmes promoting peace, the improvement and reach of education and the integration and political empowerment of the less favoured.
In Bolivia there are no records of the population with special needs (Down syndrome, deaf and dumb, blind, paralysed) although UNICEF estimates that 12% of the national population has some kind of incapacity of which only 1% have access to minimum services. This is why in Entreculturas we work in a project targeted to children and youth with special education needs and learning difficulties so they may develop their capacities and join social life.