We believe in that communities themselves know best what they need, and we trust in teachers and local individuals to be the leaders of change.
Our community projects support communities in starting self-sustaining educational projects such as school libraries and nutrition programmes that strengthen existing educational institutions from within.
School-based community library projects have become a cornerstone of this aspect of our work. We believe community-created libraries can fundamentally transform learning environments at schools: broadening horizons, opening minds and inspiring creativity.
All of our projects are led by a local community project committee made up of teachers, parents and students. Ccommittees lead the community in raising a portion of funds for the project, create their own project plan, and are responsible for ongoing project maintenance.
This model of community-driven development means that the school and community take real ownership over leading the project, leading to maximum impact and sustainability. It also means that dependence is reduced as far as possible, instead supporting communities in creating projects themselves that outlast educate.‘s involvement.
Beyond the curriculum: holistic, creative and critical education
Our projects provide educational resources and support that goes beyond the classroom. The libraries we support are filled with books that inspire creativity, as well as books that foster critical thinking and global citizenship through promoting environmental awareness, challenging gender norms, and teaching children about the world beyond their towns and villages. We place a strong emphasis on filling shelves with culturally-relevant books as well, so as to provide role models children can see themselves in (check out a blog post we wrote on this topic here!). The library creation process of mural painting promotes artistic education, and we also support the socio-emotional wellbeing of youth through projects like our animal therapy farm.
So far, we have worked alongside communities to start 5 libraries in Honduras, as well as a nutrition centre and an animal therapy farm.
The Las Lagunas primary school is in a rural agricultural village in Santa Barbara and is attended by 33 kindergarten and primary-aged students, taught by a single teacher.
The La Florida primary school is a one-teacher school in a remote mountain village three hours by horseback into the Sierra de Agalta mountains of Olancho.
We partnered with Chispa project to support the community in starting a library at the Adrian Mejia school, providing 1,000 books to the 600 students that attend this primary and secondary school on the outskirts of El Progreso.
educate. supported the starting of a primary school library, complete with colourful school desks, at the Escuela Guadalupe Ulloa school in the rural town of Trinidad, Honduras, providing literacy resources to over 300 students.
In July 2018, educate. supported the starting of a classroom library at Trinidad’s public Kindergarten with about 100 Spanish-language early reader books.
We partnered with the local Honduran non-profit Manos Que Ayudan Talanga to fund the starting up of a community-run child nutrition centre in the rural village of Los Pozos, Honduras. This project benefits roughly 20 children, who each receive a nutritious meal at school every day.
At the El Hogar de Niños orphanage, children from backgrounds of extreme poverty as well as severe forms of abuse and neglect can now work with animals to to control impulsivity, aggression and anxiety, as well as improving their self-esteem, concentration and social skills.