Even if you haven’t yet heard the term ‘voluntourism,’ you almost certainly are familiar with the phenomenon it refers to. Its imagery and advertising are everywhere – resume-building, perspective-changing opportunities to build a well/teach English/help at an orphanage somewhere in the global South, for a price. Such a combination of volunteering and tourism appeals to … Continue reading The dark side of voluntourism: why development work needs to prioritize local leadership
Monday March 23rd was educate.'s third birthday. This exciting day came at a time full of challenges. With everything going on surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, there are shifts taking place all across our community. In Honduras, schools and universities have closed down, and in Amsterdam our teams have switched to virtual meetings. In the midst of it all, … Continue reading Covid-19: We need your support, now more than ever
Debido a la llegada del coronavirus (COVID-19) a Latino América, las autoridades educativas se enfrentan con el obstáculo de modificar currículos para que los estudiantes puedan continuar con su aprendizaje. Para apoyar a las comunidades con quienes trabajamos, los maestros y maestras, las familias, y todos los y las estudiantes que ya no pueden ir … Continue reading Aprendizaje en casa: recomendaciones para mantener el estudio en tiempos de cuarentena
Last month, our three university scholarship students began their 2020 school year. All of them are up to amazing things, and we asked them to share some of their experiences from their last semester and what they are looking forward to this academic year. Stephanie: Volunteering at a Health Centre Stephanie has just entered … Continue reading Growing Young Leaders: An Update from our Scholarship Students
“There is a deficiency, a poverty of books in our country,” says Magdaly Perez, Trinidad’s head Kindergarten teacher. Unlike many rural areas, Trinidad has a public Kindergarten where children in pre-school age come every day during the mornings to learn. It’s a small one-story building covered in brightly painted murals, a yellow wall surrounding it … Continue reading Trinidad Kindergarten Library: A Year and a Half Later
Happy holiday season to our community around the world! This December, we are collecting books for our 6th library project in Honduras, this time at the El Tigre primary school. Our relationship with this school is a special one. Lisa, one of educate.‘s directors, taught English classes here for a year back in 2014, and … Continue reading Christmas Book Tokens: Buy a book for the El Tigre primary school!
Today, November 20th, is Universal Children’s Day, a day to advocate for, promote and celebrate the rights of children across the world. What’s more, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly, the most widely ratified human rights treaty … Continue reading Universal Children’s Day 2019: Messages from our students!
This past summer, two new educate.-funded libraries were inaugurated in Honduras. Both were located at small, rural public primary schools, where one teacher has all students from first through sixth grade in a single classroom - no small feat, especially with the limited resources both of these schools struggle with. Both projects were also led … Continue reading Two new libraries once again show the power of community leadership
If you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that there has been a lot going on in Honduras recently. Since a US-backed military coup d’etat in 2009 that ousted the democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya, Honduras’ right-wing Nationalist party has been in control. In 2017, President Juan Orlando Hernandez changed the constitution to allow himself … Continue reading “We have to fight for our rights as students:” University students speak out about Honduras’ ongoing protests
In honour of Pride month this June, this blog focuses on the struggles of Honduras’ transgender community, featuring stories of discrimination but also of resistance. Written by Dr. Sayan Dey and educate. director Antonia McGrath. Sayan is an Assistant Professor at Amity Law School in India and much of his work focuses on decoloniality and de-constructing … Continue reading Stories of violence and resistance: Transgender rights in Honduras and the formerly colonized world