CONSCIENCIA (critical awareness)
is the realization that the social world is not fixed, but changeable.

CREATIVIDAD (creativity)
is the ability to help create a new world with one’s ideas.

What do we do?

What we advocate

A country like El Salvador which suffers from serious social problems – the highest murder rate in the world, to name but one – is in urgent need of well-trained young people who can bring about social change.

This is why Consciente is committed to a creative and critical education for all. In our eyes, this is the key to a sustainable bottom-up development process.

Our projects

  • Access to education for all, irrespective of socio-economic background

    Scholarship Program

  • Improving the quality of education in local schools

    Educational Innovation Program

  • Promoting the discussion of important social and environmental issues

    Sustainability Education Program

Background

Quality of education

If one had to make a brief description of the educational system in El Salvador, it could be done using the following three expressions: Copy, learn by heart, reproduce. Education in El Salvador usually has little to do with understanding, discovering, discussing, forming an opinion or developing one’s own ideas. At school, children rather learn to accept that they do not understand what it is all about. Consequently, little is remembered. After nine years of primary education, many youth neither have solid skills in writing and arithmetic, nor have they learned to think for themselves or to act creatively.

Access to education

Not only the low quality of education is a major problem, but also the bad access thereto. For young people from poor backgrounds, their educational career usually comes to an end after primary school or high school. Academic and technical training is reserved for those whose families can afford it.

Where are we?

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Consciente head office

El Salvador

El Salvador is a small country in Central America. Together with neighboring Honduras and Guatemala, it forms the “Triangulo del Norte” (Northern Triangle), the region with the highest murder rate in the world: in El Salvador alone, gang crime claimed more than 20 lives a day in 2015 (out of a population of around 6.3 million). In addition to violence, the country has to deal with many other problems: Almost 50 % of the population lives below the poverty line, and just as many are unemployed or underemployed. Because of the difficult social situation, many people leave the country, most of them trying to enter the U.S. illegally at the risk of their lives.

Departement Morazán

The department of Morazán has about 200,000 inhabitants and is considered the poorest in the country: The vast majority of the population lives below the poverty line, with as many as 17.5% of the population living in extreme poverty. The region was hit very hard by the civil war in the 1980s: Many of the older inhabitants were directly involved in the war on the side of the guerrillas or on that of the military dictatorship, lost friends or relatives, or had to flee from the contested mountain regions to the lowlands or temporarily to Honduras. Direct and indirect consequences of the war are still strongly felt in the region today.

43 %

of Salvadorians want to leave the country, according to a survey

20 People

a day become victims of a homicide

65 %

of the youth in Morazán live in poverty or extreme poverty

8 %

of young people in Morazán complete a tertiary degree

2.2 Millions

Salvadorians live in the USA

Through our work we make a small contribution towards ensuring that El Salvador does not remain a country from which everyone wants to emigrate.

How do we work?

Fundación Consciente in El Salvador

Das Team in El Salvador besteht aus engagierten und talentierten Menschen, die bei unserer lokalen Partnerorganisation “Fundación Consciente El Salvador” angestellt sind.

Das salvadorianische Koordinationsteam wird von Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten, die in verschiedenen Projekten Sozialstunden leisten, sowie von lokalen Freiwilligen tatkräftig unterstützt.

Support associations in Switzerland and Germany

The support associations in Switzerland and Germany are responsible for financing and accompanying the projects. Both associations are managed by a board of directors, which works exclusively on a voluntary basis and pays for flights and personal project support costs itself.

Support from international volunteers

Consciente participates in a long-term exchange program for international volunteers of SCI (Service Civil International).

International volunteers travel to El Salvador and engage in our projects for at least three months or contribute their own ideas for small projects.

Team in El Salvador

Rosendo Hernández

Director

Idalia Claros

Sustainability Education Program Coordinator

Elmer Sandoval

Coordinator IT

Gricelda Veliz

Sustainability Education Program Coordinator

Ana González

Administration & Finance

Maria Isabel Pineda

Coordinator Program for Educational Innovation & Administration

Jonathan Sánchez

Coordinator Program for Educational Innovation

Mirian Benitez

Coordinator Program for Educational Innovation & Pedagogy

Alonzo Solis

Coordinator Program for Educational Innovation & Teacher Training

Maricela Acosta

Coordinator Scholarship Program

Emely Montiel

Secretariat

Team in Switzerland (on a voluntary basis)

Martina Jakob

Director, Project coordination

Christoph Kühnhanss

Director, Fundraising

Tania Porto

Sustainability Education Program Coordinator, Board Member

Sales Hollinger

Coordinator Scholarship Program, Board Member

Ruben Bär

Coordinator Public Relations and IT, Board Member

Rebecca Imboden

Coordinator Program for Educational Innovation, Board Member

Johannes Jud

Coordinator Program for Educational Innovation, Board Member

Livia Jakob

Coordinator Public Relations and IT, Board Member

Alexander Knospe

Coordinator Public Relations

Katharina Jakob

Accounting and Administration

Eliane Debrunner

Sustainability Education Program Coordinator

Stefanie Clausen

Coordinator Program for Educational Innovation

Gabriel Marila

Coordinator International Volunteers

Sarah Fabian

Coordinator Scholarship Program

Eveline Tissot

Health Education Program Coordinator

Lukas Minder

Health Education Program Coordinator

Team in Germany (on a voluntary basis)

Jonas Herrmann-Mennicken

Board Member (Association Germany)

Flora Mennicken

Board Member (Association Germany)

Laura State

Board Member (Association Germany)