Fight against poverty: EDUCATION and INSTRUCTION, an essential right
Education and instruction are the cornerstones on which the development of a community rests. An educated population has the knowledge and tools to fight poverty and enter the job market, which also means participation in society, justice and human dignity.
Unfortunately, the right to education is still denied to disadvantaged families who cannot afford to pay school fees or the cost of transportation.
For ABBA, education is a priority, and in 2012 we finalized the Scholarships Program to help young people who, despite having the skills, would not have a chance to access a higher education, get a diploma or attend university.
Since 2012, 59 teenagers, and young people, have received a scholarship for a university or vocational training in Nicaragua, and one in Brazil.
In general, the results achieved so far are excellent, if we consider that in Nicaragua access to the university is directly from secondary schools, and therefore the students are subjected to hard pressure to adapt to the new style of teaching and to very demanding subjects. Some of them have to go to the capital Managua, and for the first time they live outside the family during the week.
The students are all followed and accompanied on a personal level, an important commitment that ABBA has made in collaboration with the local coordinator. Every year, exchange days are organised with all students.
Everyone is called upon to get involved in the community project, and they "return" in hours what they receive, supporting with their know-how those responsible for the various activities, as needed.
By 2018, 33 students will benefit from the project.
These are the sectors and careers chosen:
Accounting and finance - Law - Journalism - Tourist guide - Nursing care - Agronomy - Professional English - Current English - Mastery in construction - Marketing and advertising - Mechanics - Medicine - Dental technology - Pedagogy - Refrigeration and air conditioning - Tailoring - Medical sciences - Tourism and hotels
The long-awaited moment
The graduation day or the end of the training is always an important and moving event: for most of the students who benefit from our scholarships is a dream that they did not expect to see come true.
When a student starts his training, especially when there are several years of study in front of him/her, we wonder will he/she be able to make it? Did he/she make the right choice? If he/she will not succeed, the disappointment could be great and affect the already fragile self-esteem that many of them have, precisely because they come from a rural area devoid of cultural and social stimuli like Las Playitas, and therefore are often disadvantaged compared to their companions who live in the city. We are also aware that when we accept to support an educational desire that lasts many years such as medicine, we also take responsibility for meeting the financial commitment that these training require.
The awarding of diplomas is therefore a goal for the students but also for the donors who support us and who allow these goals to be achieved
Faculties and training
For some university faculties students must go to the capital Managua, where they must find a room to stay during the week. Other faculties are located in the nearby city of Granada, instead, so students can return home in the evening.
The vocational training can be carried out mostly in Granada, while for other destinations, they must stay away from home.
The choice of training is always discussed and evaluated with the students, taking into account mainly the school notes, but also the commitment that the school requires.