Many of the schools around the Quepos region in Costa Rica have very limited funding and face many challenges both social and economic. This project will address these issues by supporting schools in providing students with an inspiring educational environment by building & repairing schools, ensuring they have the necessary space to teach, and providing materials and classes to inspire the students to learn and continue to attend classes.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Although located very near the tourist haven of Manuel Antonio, many of the public schools surrounding the Quepos area have very limited funding. Children only attend school half-days due to a lack of teachers and space. Since school hours are limited, classes are restricted to mainly the basic subjects, and students receive few or no extracurricular classes, such as music, arts or sports. Many children do not attend school past the last year of elementary school.
How will this project solve this problem?
We seek to improve school infrastructure as well as community relations in El Cocal. We have a community centre, healthy breakfast club (HBC) & an ongoing education program. Funds are used to renovate & build learning spaces, roll out the HBC to some of the poorest children in El Cocal and for general maintenance & supplies. We have worked with many local schools & in 2016, we will work with 1 partner who needs the most support so that we can have maximum impact.
Potential Long Term Impact
Working in partnership with local schools & communities, this project will improve the quality of education received through our programme focusing on life skills like Social Emotional Learning. Our curriculum develops some of the key skills such as empathy & respect. This is not something that is always taught at home or school, which is where GVI steps in. At our partner school, we will improve linguistic skills, social well-being & nutrition which will have long-term developmental impact.
Total Funding Received to Date: £14,214
Remaining Goal to be Funded: £3,002
Total Funding Goal: £17,216