Education, Literacy and Skills Training
Education and Training Programs
“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 - The S.H.A.R.E. Education Fund
SHARE supports teens to achieve a high school education in Belize and in Guatemala. Parents value education but may not have funds for the school tuition fees, books and supplies. In the area where SHARE works in Guatemala the local school provides education only to grade 6 and providing any further education is beyond the families’ capacity. Achieving a high school 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 and give a teen the opportunity to achieve a high school education. SHARE’ s goal is to support 24 students in Belize and Guatemala for all four years of high school. SHARE provides $375 to each student in Belize for school costs and $450 for food, housing, school costs (classes and supplies) and medicine for each student at an acclaimed residential school in Guatemala. Donate Today!
- “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
“Education is a powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and improving health, gender equality, peace, and stability.” – Quote – World Bank
Technology in Education
S.H.A.R.E. has partnered with TIES charity (Technology In Education Society) to test technology to assist high school students from homes without electricity continue their education during the pandemic.
With inspiration and financial support from TIES charity, 10 NowLight units are now providing electricity in homes in Sarstun, Guatemala for Ak’ Tenamit School students.
The NowLight kits are hand-powered generators with integrated light, battery and USB charging port, satellite light, and solar panel.
Having electricity in these homes is a game changer for students and their families.
Ontario English Catholic Teacher’s Association (OECTA) provided funding for a small computer lab in a small high school in a village in the same remote area of Guatemala. The lab has 7 lap top computers, batteries, a printer, a projector and fans, all run on solar power. Thank you for your support, OECTA.!
Skills Training for Rural Youth
Disadvantaged 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, black smith skills, 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 and then by a generous donor.
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.