Our challenge

In rural regions a combination of certain factors such as the scarcity of educational establishments, precariousness, the need to work in the farm, the long distances, the growth of the urban areas, the increasing migration from the rural to the urban areas cause the young people living in such regions to drop out from high school.

This data show the need to provide the young people with the tools to improve their skills so as to be able to complete their education and have more and better possibilities and choices for the future. The lack of these abilities alienates them and hinders their possibilities to enter the work force with dignity [1].

According to specialists, work training is considered an essential contribution to the equality in opportunities for all the young people, combining knowledge and abilities required in the productive system as well as in everyday life considering that [2]:

  • Middle school today, and will probably be that way for many years, is the last level that most young people are able to complete. Although they may finish their studies later on, they will obviously enter the labour market and develop their job careers on that level.
  • Furthermore, the possibility of continuing college studies will be directly linked for many young people to having a job that could be better if the job skills have been acquired systematically.
  • Many young people will find new motivation to continue and complete their high school education if they acquire useful knowledge for a better workforce entry.

We believe that the most efficient way to apply the available resources that will benefit the young people and the communities we work with is through organized and focused efforts.

Today we face a new challenge: support and sponsor two high schools and their communities in the implementation of a multi-annual and integral Development Plan. We aim at strengthening the human resources, train the young, improve school infrastructure and teaching/productive areas and strengthen the ties between the school and the community.

Our expectation is that in a few years these schools will be role models of education for rural development nationwide.

We are also working to replicate this experience in other high schools.

[1] Suplemento Comunidad, Diario La Nación, Septiembre de 2010. http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1301128-el-desafio-de-estudiar-en-un-ambito-rural
[2] http://www.unicef.org/argentina/spanish/Jacinto_diagnostico.pdf