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.
In 2015, Nacar Foundation’s support was requested in order to open a new area of professional training at the School: Cooking and Tourism. Due to our previous experience at the Loyola Technical Centre (another school in the city that we support), this training has a 100% job placement.
This new area of studies was opened in 2016 thanks to a new professional kitchen built at the Glass School. Ever since it has been a success both for the demand of young people who want to study professional training as well as for the labour insertion ratio.
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.
Underprivileged children and teenagers from rural communities surrounding the city of El Progreso, Honduras, aged 11 to 18, who are studying Technical Studies in Cooking and Tourism at the Glass School of Honduras.
● Asylums, social canteens and children’s centres in the area.
● Glass School employees: teachers, administrative team, cleaning and surveillance.
● Families – the families (fathers, mothers, guardians, grandparents, siblings …) of young students and employees at the Glass School.
● 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.
● General – improvement of business services, improvement of money circulation, socio-economic improvement.
● Volunteers visiting the Glass School – multiculturalism, awareness, empathy, social awareness
*Verón Foundation: Initiative, development, construction supervision, reports to funders, design staff, travel, media.