The Nacar Foundation in Switzerland, together with Verón Foundation in Spain and the Friends of the School of Glass Association in Honduras, have created a strong alliance in favor of education for the young people living in poverty in Honduras.
Honduras is a country that has not achieved public policies that truly seek the common good and development of an impoverished people. The family disintegration in which we have been involved in the last two decades of migration, coupled with political corruption, violence and groups of maras and narcos, has impoverished the country and many young people have no opportunity to access Highschool, especially in rural areas. 46% of the Honduran population, which corresponds to the active population of the country, are at worrying levels of unemployment and especially precarious employment (about 60%). There is also a large percentage of false self-employment, which is really a means of subsistence.
Is specially in the rural areas where most of the population cannot attend Highschool and the companies employing them will thus pay poorly and lay them off cheap.
According to the Territorial Employment Board of the City of El Progreso, in which we participate, last hiring do not exceed 58 days, especially in the case of Call Centers.
All this has led young people to a low self-esteem and feeling their country has nothing to offer. They want to leave convinced that in another country the situation will be better.
The ILO’s “Decent Work and Youth” report on Honduras indicates that, among others, this requires specific actions in education, training and development of entrepreneurial capacity.
The Glass School in Honduras is an educational project of international cooperation that was initiated in 2009 and which continues as ongoing support. Since 2015 the school is located in the Village El Porvenir del Norte (Camalote), north of the city of El Progreso, Yoro, Honduras.
The Glass School serves poor young people in rural areas, who otherwise would not have access to an education.
The Glass School offers, to young Hondurans, three years of professional training and at the same time, they are examined in the Basic Cycle (regulated education) thanks to the agreement with IHER (Honduran Institute of Radio Education). The Glass School opens its doors on Saturdays for those who want to do their baccalaureate and for other didactic and educational activities.
In 2015, NACAR Foundation support was requested to open new area of professional training in Cooking and Tourism; which, due to our previous experience at the Loyola Technical Center (another school in the city), has a 100% job placement.
This new area of studies was opened in 2016 thanks to a professional kitchen built in the Glass School of Honduras. 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 labor insertion ratio.
low-income youth from rural communities in the city of El Progreso, Yoro, aged 15 to 18, who are studying Technical Studies in Cooking and Tourism at the Glass School of Honduras.
● Asylums, social canteens and children’s centers 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 School of Glass.
● Rural communities without secondary schools
● Rural communities in which the young people live
● Companies and businesses that can hire young people trained, qualified and 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