Vereda el Sauce Secondary School
Vereda el Sauce Secondary School, La Union, Nariño, Colombia
This was a really interesting project for the Trustees to consider. Our delivery partner in Colombia, Carcafe, identified a secondary school that was at risk of collapsing as many of the classrooms were built by the edge of a subsiding mountain. Not only was alleviating this risk a priority for the Costa Foundation but the school education system was particularly interesting too.
The school is an “Escuela Agropecuaria”; that alongside the national curriculum offers qualifications in additional subjects related to agriculture and animal management. After finishing their studies, children graduate with a dual certificate: one as a high school graduate and one as an “Agriculture Technician” recognized on a national level. A school like this will motivate younger generations to become more interested in staying in rural areas and running farms instead of migrating to big cities.
The project consists of 6 fully furnished classrooms, an admin block, sanitation, fresh water and access ramps for the disabled.
Inaugurated in April 2019 the community enjoyed performances of song and dance from the students as they celebrated their new school facilities.
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