Honduras has the worst gang epidemic on the planet. Each year, thousands of children join gangs like MS-13 and Mara 18. Honduras is also the 2nd poorest nation in the western hemisphere, where 66.2% of its people live in poverty. With access to quality education and jobs, the Honduran people can fight back. By the end of June 2018, Students Helping Honduras (SHH) will have built 55 schools throughout northern Honduras in rural villages who lacked an appropriate school structure. SHH has also created a village for 40 displaced families, provided school scholarships to girls, and has opened two children's homes raising 35
children previously living in orphanages or on the streets.
The "Train for Change" program aims to increase educational outcomes for the students by empowering their teachers with the skills they need to raise the next generation of Honduran leaders. As SHH works to reach their goal of building 1000 schools, we will be working alongside them creating system-wide change for over one million students. From July 2017 to January 2018, through Rotary Global Grant #1747029 we have brought together teachers from twelve schools across El Progreso, Yoro to collaborate and engage in professional development opportunities. Over the course of two years, these teachers are supported as they bring innovative ideas and strategies back to their schools. They guide their colleagues in workshops on such issues as ensuring gender equity in the classroom, increasing student motivation and resiliency, promoting peace and conflict resolution through emotionally secure classroom environments, and increasing rigor and critical thinking in literacy and math instruction.
As a Vocational Training Team grant, upon the grant's completion in 2020, all 18 schools we work with will be prepared and ready to train and support new schools. We have already seen this vision take shape during our past training in January 2019 which was 100% led by local teachers with incredible success. The Honduran reality is that many teachers in the public school system have never received formal training nor been given the opportunity to collaborate and connect with peers from dispersed areas-an essential element in ensuring educational equity. Through the Train for Change Rotary Grant, our teachers are empowered as leaders and become part of an educational family committed to change the future for every child they receive in their classroom, school, and community.
Currently less than 50% of Honduran youth complete primary school; by strengthening the capacity of teachers in under-resourced communities to support basic education and literacy, we are working to create positive systemic change. With your help, our goal is to empower our local teachers, to expand this training to the neighboring city of Santa Barbara, Honduras. Santa Barbara faces many similar challenges to educational access and quality as El Progreso and is, therefore, a logical next place to grow our impact. Through empowering cohorts of teacher-leaders and offering opportunities for the local talented teachers to share their love of learning with others, we will be able to create a sustainable and scalable approach
to grow our impact each year. Our Rotary goal is to provide 32,000 students in the most at-risk areas of the country with higher quality education by 2024, bringing us that much closer to a goal of ending extreme poverty and violence in Honduras through education and youth empowerment. With your help, we can get there.