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educate. is a grassroots non-profit organisation that works to empower children and young people in Honduras through supporting community-driven development projects.

We aim to break down the unequal power relations inherent to so much non-profit work by flipping the concept of “aid” on its head: instead of going to Honduras with programmes we want to implement, communities and organisations in Honduras reach out to us with their own ideas. We then work as a behind the scenes actor to drive community-led change through education-related projects. Our deep-rooted and growing network across Honduras allows us to make our support available to communities and organizations across the country, including those most vulnerable.

We believe in the power and agency of local Honduran youth and community members, and that these individuals know best how to implement impactful projects in their communities. We see this way of working as the best way to create sustainable, long-term change that actively works to break down the prevalence of Western ideals and the neo-colonial relationships on which the philanthropic sector is based.

At our core is our scholarship programme, which works in partnership with local public secondary schools in Honduras to provide opportunities for excellent students from low-income backgrounds to continue their education to the tertiary level. In addition, we support community-driven projects that that fall on a spectrum from literacy to health.

We are a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organization (SCIO) with the Scottish Charity Register. Our charity number is SC047277.

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educate. es una organización de base y sin fines de lucro que trabaja para empoderar a niños y jóvenes en Honduras por medio de proyectos de desarrollo impulsados por la comunidad.

Pretendemos derribar las relaciones desiguales de poder que son intrínsecas de tanto trabajo por organizaciones sin fines de lucro, invirtiendo el concepto de la “ayuda”: en vez de irnos a Honduras queriendo implementar nuestros programas, las comunidades y organizaciones en Honduras nos contactan con sus propias ideas. Luego trabajamos entre bastidores, impulsando cambios liderados por la comunidad a través de proyectos relacionados con la educación. Nuestra arraigada y creciente red en Honduras nos permite apoyar a comunidades y organizaciones por todo el país, incluyendo las más vulnerables.

Creemos en el poder y la voluntad de la juventud hondureña y los miembros de las comunidades locales, y que estos individuos son los que mejor saben implementar proyectos impactantes en sus comunidades. Vemos esta manera de trabajar como el mejor camino para generar cambios que serán sustentables y a largo plazo, y que servirán para derribar la prevalencia de los ideales occidentales y las relaciones neocoloniales en que se fundamenta el sector filantrópico.

Nuestro programa central es el programa de becas, para lo cual trabajamos en colaboración con colegios públicos en Honduras para dar oportunidades a estudiantes de alto rendimiento y escasos recursos para seguir con su educación al nivel terciario. También apoyamos a proyectos liderados por la comunidad que abarcan una gama desde la alfabetización a la salud.

Somos una organización caritativa registrada con el Scottish Charity Register.  Nuestro número de caridad es SC047277.

 

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2019 educate. Scholarship Student: Javier Reyes

The start of a new year means educate. is taking on a new university scholarship student! educate.‘s university scholarship programme provides excellent, high-potential students from low-income backgrounds in Honduras with the opportunity to continue their education to the university level. This year’s recipient will become the third person to go to university with educate.‘s support. Out of … Continue reading 2019 educate. Scholarship Student: Javier Reyes

Schooling the World: Should we be Exporting “Western Education”?

By Antonia McGrath A group of International Development Masters students at the University of Amsterdam recently organized a film screening and panel discussion event featuring the film ‘Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden.’ This was part of a course on Education, Development and Social Justice, and as one of educate.’s directors, I was … Continue reading Schooling the World: Should we be Exporting “Western Education”?

Buy a Book for an educate. Library this Christmas!

We believe community-created libraries can fundamentally transform learning environments at schools. Books broaden horizons, open minds and inspire creativity. This Christmas, we’re reaching out to everyone in the educate. community to ask for your support in helping us start libraries at two rural primary schools in Honduras that will do just that. We recently launched … Continue reading Buy a Book for an educate. Library this Christmas!

Our very own Fiesta Latina!

By Marit Hoefsloot Version en Español abajo Last September, the wonderful ladies of Hondureños en Holanda organised the Fiesta Bailable to raise money for educate. It turned out to be a great evening full of dancing, Latin music, Honduran food and great people. That evening left us full of inspiration and excitement to organise a … Continue reading Our very own Fiesta Latina!

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