Zacateras Middle School

Zacateras Middle School, Honduras

Education in Honduras is ranked as the second worst in all of Latin America with enrolment rate at only 74% for middle schools and 17% at University level. The Costa Foundation identified La Zacatera coffee growing community in Zacateras within the El Paraiso Department of Honduras as a priority for a new middle school.

Situated 125 km from the municipality of Teupasenti, this community has a population in excess of 30,000 of which 47% are under the age of 14. The literacy rate here is 22% worse than the national average; highlighting the need for a focus on education here. Coffee is the most important commodity in Zacateras and is grown alongside corn and beans and in tandem with cattle breeding for milk and meat.

Historically, children aged from 13 to 16 have had to learn remotely in farmer’s huts or in borrowed primary school spaces, without the support of fully trained teachers and using only limited access to books.  Now they and the qualified teachers are able to use the new school facilities of three classrooms, a computer lab, text and reference books, sanitation, fresh water and electricity.

The official inauguration took place on 19th September 2014 amidst much celebration from the community, including songs, dance and poems and a particularly heartfelt and straight from the heart speech from a 5 year old.

Now she; along with many other young children; plus the 150 currently using the school facilities; all have a bright future ahead and can truly “enjoy the gift of learning”.

Click here for a video of the school opening in 2014

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