Education, Literacy and Skills Training
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
~ Nelson Mandela
Education is a human right.
Building human capacity in disadvantaged rural communities often starts with supporting education, improving basic literacy levels and by providing skills training. Education alleviates poverty, opens up opportunities for local employment, builds confidence, fosters hope and gender equality.
Help Teens Achieve Their Dream
SHARE supports teens to achieve a high school education. Parents value education but may not have funds for the school tuition fees, books and supplies. Achieving an education provides a life time of additional income, provides basic knowledge for life, develops leadership skills and strengthens rural families and communities.
Give to SHARE’s education fund (on Canada Helps) and give a teen the opportunity to achieve their education. SHARE’ s goal is to support 24 students in Belize and Guatemala.
- “Thank you for the support that you gave me this year. I can’t imagine where I would be without it.” – Oseas
- “Your support has been very helpful to me. If it wasn’t for your help and support I wouldn’t have been able to reach this far.” – Joell
- “My educational pursuits would not be possible without generous support from scholarship sponsors like you. Thank you for enabling this opportunity! – Christian
Skills Training for Rural Youth
Impoverished rural youth in Latin America lack opportunities for education and training due to family poverty and inequalities in their societies.
In SHARE’s project in El Salvador and Honduras, rural youth and young adults receive skills training for skills that will improve family income supplementing farm income. Groups of young men and women work together to establish small enterprises in their communities. Groups attend skills training to learn baking, blacksmithing, metal working, food processing and welding.
Adult Literacy Program - Dignity and A Means to Alleviate Rural Poverty
Hundreds of impoverished rural teens, men and women have attained certificates in literacy in SHARE funded adult literacy circles. This literacy program is coordinated by a southern partner and certificates are accredited by the Salvadoran Ministry of Education. For several years SHARE’s adult literacy program in Honduras and El Salvador was supported by the Canadian government.
The adult literacy curriculum is ” education for life” and includes life and employment entry skills. Adult literacy students learn about family health, democracy, agro ecology, basic math, environment and how to contribute to their community. Results show recipients benefit greatly through improved self-worth and employment. The benefits of the SHARE literacy project for teens and adults to manage their small agriculture enterprises are immeasurable.
Marie, who grows a productive market garden in El Salvador, learned to read and write in a SHARE literacy circle.
“Now,” Maria said, “I do not have the shame of having to put an X on documents in offices. I can read signs and directions when I go to town.” Marie is better able to conduct her small farm business now that she is literate.