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.
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.
However, 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. In this sense, our project work pursues three distinct goals:
Promoting equal 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
of Salvadorians want to leave the country, according to a survey.
a day become victims of a homicide.
of the youth in Morazán live in poverty or extreme poverty.
of young people in Morazán have a tertiary degree.
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.