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, distributor of the laptops, says that eventually the organization plans to give all 600,000 of the country’s grade school students their own computer. The program’s XO laptops are designed for …

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 position, many turn to English lessons. In Ciudad Sandino, one of the poorest areas in Nicaragua, a group of students has just finished an English course at their community youth …

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Young people act out a flash-theater scene

Campaign for “Love and Freedom” Changes Lives in Nicaragua

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 embrace while a boy looks on in disgust; a girl hands a condom to a boy who pushes it away. Each is a microcosm of the relationships these young people …

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

Nicaraguan NGO’s Promote Preschool

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 for Education and Human Development Initiative called on the government to enact its policy on early childhood education.  Jorge Mendoza emphasized that the ministries of education and health need to …

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

Girls Score “Goal against Machismo” in 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, the “Crazy Girls.”  The girls come to the small town of Bocana de Paiwas from its barrios and nearby rural communities for their weekly game. The field slopes steeply down …

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Finding their Voices, Sharing their Wisdom: Kids Create Change In Nicaragua

This is the third of three posts about an organization in northern Nicaragua, CESESMA, and their model of youth empowerment, as well as their innovative new project on sex and sexuality.  Part I is here, and Part II is here. Nearly forty of the 70 young people who participated in the consultoria met one day in an open-sided rancho to …

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Kids’ Survey on Sexuality Creates Change in Nicaragua

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 their use of consultorias, or investigative consultancies, to empower young people to address problems in their communities. So, what does it look like when kids and young people are empowered …

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Letys, consultant, and Maria after their interview

Empowering Kids for Real Community Change in Nicaragua

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 tools to carry out change? An organization in northern Nicaragua has taken this very approach, focusing on the empowerment of children and young people in order to improve their lives.  …

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Ometepe, Nicaragua

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

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 the digital gap.  Traffic came to a standstill on parts of the island as every local bus was contracted to bring children and their families to a local stadium.  Students …

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Girls reading under the Books for Kids tent

Poetry Out Loud! Nicaraguan Festival Inspires Young People

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 amid the bustle of the central plaza, as poets and tourists circulated between events in the colonial city.  In the country of famed poet Ruben Darío, the festival offered multiple …

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