The Glass School of Honduras, born in 2009, is an educational project meant to foster international cooperation and which continues every day with our ongoing support.
Since 2015, the school has been located in the village of El Porvenir del Norte (Camalote), north of the city of El Progreso, Yoro, Honduras. Its main goal is to educate and train young people so they can have access to a decent job and quality of life.
The Glass School provides for low-income children and teenagers from rural areas, who otherwise would not have access to an education. In fact, it offers them a three-year professional training in glass crafts or cooking and tourism, under the certification of CONEANFO (National Commission for the Development of Non-Formal Alternative Education).
At the same time, they take the Basic Cycle exams (formal education) thanks to an agreement with IHER (Honduran Institute of Education by Radio), and can also access a baccalaureate.
Moreover, students who have finished their technical studies but are still under age can stay at the school and undertake an internship relating to the vocational training they chose.
In this educational center, dual vocational training is encouraged, through parallel projects of learning and internship training, so that young people enter the work force with experience, increasing their possibilities of labour insertion in rural areas where finding decent employment is normally extremely difficult.
The Nacar Foundation in Switzerland, together with Veron Foundation in Spain and the Friends of the Glass School Association in Honduras, have created a strong alliance in favour of education for the children and teenagers living in poverty in Honduras.
Honduras is a country that has not yet achieved public policies that truly seek the common good and development of its impoverished society. Honduras has seen extensive family disintegration in the last two decades of migration, coupled with political corruption, violence and groups of maras and narcos. This has impoverished the country and many children and teenagers have no opportunity to access an education, especially in rural areas. 46% of the active Honduran population are unemployed or in a precarious employment (National Statistics Institute of Spain). There is also a large percentage of false self-employment, which is really a means of subsistence.
According to the Territorial Employment Board of the City of El Progreso, in which our local partners participate, employments last an average of 58 days.
All this has led young people in Honduras to have a low self-esteem and a feeling that their country has nothing to offer. They want to migrate, convinced that what another country can offer them will be better.
The ILO’s “Decent Work and Youth” report on Honduras indicates that, among others, this situation requires specific action in education, training and development of entrepreneurial capacity.
So, this is exactly our solution.
Low-income children and teenagers from rural communities surrounding the city of El Progreso, Honduras, aged 11 to 18, who have completed 6th grade of obligatory education, and who due to varied circumstances have no other access to an education. Their attitude of personal development encourages them to want to continue their studies and access quality employment.
*The annual budget is supported by Veron Foundation and Nacar Foundation, almost at 50/50
● Glass school employees: teachers, administrative team, cleaning and surveillance.
● Families of students and employees.
● Rural communities without secondary schools.
● Rural communities in which the students live.
● Companies and businesses that can hire trained and qualified young adults with values and capacities for work.
● Volunteers visiting the Glass School – multiculturalism, awareness, empathy, social awareness.
● General – improvement of business services, improvement of money circulation, socio-economic improvement.