Over 5,000 High School Students & 200 Teachers In Guajira, Tolima & Amazonas Join The Program "Juventud Rural, Educación y Desarrollo Rural"
High school students and teachers of 15 rural schools are part of the new implementations of the program that began in 3 regions of Colombia earlier this year. After a period when the program was being revised and validated by the Colombian Ministry of Education, Juventud Rural, Educación y Desarrollo Rural began a new chapter with the support of a great alliance between Genesis Foundation, Fundación Bancolombia, Fundación Cerrejón and Fundación Manuel Mejía.
This program is an educational model designed to develop basic work and entrepreneurial skills as well as academic competencies for high school students in underserved rural communities. The program contributes to the improvement of the quality of education by increasing coverage and school retention while strengthening communities by transforming the way rural youngsters perceive themselves, their environment, and their civic responsibilities.
In Colombia, there are huge gaps in status and achievement between urban and rural schools, and by providing geographically marginalized rural students access to training and topics that emphasize the important connection between nature and society; we are instilling a better sense of citizenry, conservation and community pride.
The two year implementation of the program in Guajira, Tolima and Amazonas entails an investment of over $700,000 dollars.