30,000 Nicaraguan Students Receive Free Laptops

Thanks to the One Laptop Per Child program, 30,000 Nicaraguan students from low-income neighborhoods are starting school this fall with their own laptops. A representative of the Zamora Terán Foundation, …

Carla Drumhiller30,000 Nicaraguan Students Receive Free Laptops

Nicaraguan Youth Learn English, Take Action for the Future

Students in Nicaragua face a tough job market when they finish school. In order to give themselves an leg up on the competition and a chance to win a high-paying …

Carla DrumhillerNicaraguan Youth Learn English, Take Action for the Future

Campaign for “Love and Freedom” Changes Lives in Nicaragua

Young people act out a flash-theater scene

Surrounded by their audience in a spacious room, a dozen young people dressed in black perform flash theater: a boy hands a bouquet of flowers to a girl; two girls …

Sara Van NoteCampaign for “Love and Freedom” Changes Lives in Nicaragua

Nicaraguan NGO’s Promote Preschool

Students in rural Nicaragua

During the Global Action Week for Education Nicaraguan NGO’s took the opportunity to call for more support for preschools. As reported in El Nuevo Diario, the president of the Forum …

Sara Van NoteNicaraguan NGO’s Promote Preschool

Girls Score “Goal against Machismo” in Nicaragua

Girls battle for the soccer ball in Bocana de Paiwas, Nicaragua

On a dusty pitch under intense tropical sun, 22 adolescent girls battle for control of the soccer ball.  The team “Stars of Tomorrow” trades kicks with their rivals for today, …

Sara Van NoteGirls Score “Goal against Machismo” in Nicaragua

Kids’ Survey on Sexuality Creates Change in Nicaragua

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In my last post I wrote about an organization in northern Nicaragua, CESESMA, that uses a framework of human rights to address the needs of children and adolescents.  I described …

Sara Van NoteKids’ Survey on Sexuality Creates Change in Nicaragua

Empowering Kids for Real Community Change in Nicaragua

Letys, consultant, and Maria after their interview

What if we asked kids to teach us about the problems in their communities?  What if they gave recommendations for solving those problems?  And what if we gave them the …

Sara Van NoteEmpowering Kids for Real Community Change in Nicaragua

Latin America’s First “Digital Island” is Wired for Kids

Ometepe, Nicaragua

Five thousand primary students on the rural island of Ometepe, Nicaragua received new XO laptops loaded with educational software and connected with 24-hour wireless internet in an effort to close …

Sara Van NoteLatin America’s First “Digital Island” is Wired for Kids

Poetry Out Loud! Nicaraguan Festival Inspires Young People

Girls reading under the Books for Kids tent

Kids were among the notables invited to the eighth International Festival of Poetry in Granada, Nicaragua.  A wide tent of colorful picture books and cushions enticed young readers to relax …

Sara Van NotePoetry Out Loud! Nicaraguan Festival Inspires Young People