With a view to strengthening and expanding the gains of the 4-H movement in Central America, Fabretto commits to expanding its current rural education program in Nicaragua and Guatemala, by establishing 60 new 4-H clubs (40 in Nicaragua and 20 in Guatemala) over the course of two years. This commitment will be implemented in partnership with Share Guatemala and Fundaci?n Nacional de Clubes 4-S from Costa Rica.
A total of 60 4-H group guides will be trained to mentor, lead and empower these groups and 900 students will directly engage and benefit from the 4-H after-school hands-on learning methodology, working on projects that will help them develop practical knowledge in critical areas for their future, including sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship, small business management, and arts & crafts. The students' families will also be engaged through workshops for an estimated 900 parents. Additionally, the 4-H groups will manage school garden initiatives which will provide fresh, healthy produce to school feeding programs benefiting around 5000 children.
Fabretto, Share Guatemala, and Fundaci?n Naci?nal de Clubes 4-S?s team of teachers, trainers, and technical staff with expertise in education, food security, health, nutrition, and community development will provide assistance to commitment activities.
June 2014 - August 2014
Fabretto and Share Guatemala will recruit and hire 4-H leaders who will participate in a train-the-trainer program led by Fundaci?n Naci?nal de Clubes 4-H. Leaders will be responsible for the development of 4-H volunteer leaders and oversight of assigned regions.
June 2014 - December 2014
60 4-H groups will be assembled (40 in Nicaragua & 20 in Guatemala) with each containing approximately 15 youth members. Each group will meet twice a week after-school to carry out individually selected projects, the main learning tool of the 4-H curriculum. Projects are ?hands on? learning experiences that allow youth members to develop mastery in areas like sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship, small business management, and arts & crafts. During the completion of a project, group guides will provide assistance to youth members and encourage them to keep records of their successes, failures, and lessons learned. Youth will have the chance to share these reflections at 4-H camps held throughout the year
An annual regional forum will be held, bringing together leaders of Fabretto, Share Guatemala, Fundaci?n Nacional de Clubes 4-S (Costa Rica) to discuss and evaluate commitment strategy
June - August 2015
During this time period, Fabretto's Program and Monitoring & Evaluation Staff (in cooperation with Share Guatemala) will conduct an annual evaluation.
February 2015 - December 2015
4-H groups will resume their activities and projects.
An annual regional forum will be held, bringing together leaders of Fabretto, Share Guatemala, Fundaci?n Nacional de Clubes 4-S (Costa Rica) to discuss and evaluate commitment strategy.
February 2016 - June 2016
Following the Christmas break, 4-H groups will resume their activities and projects.
Fabretto's Program and Monitoring & Evaluation Staff (in cooperation with Share Guatemala) will conduct a final evaluation of the 4-H Program and progress/achievement towards/of the commitment.
Rural education standards in Central America are poor. Access is limited to urban areas and large towns, forcing students in rural areas to either spend hours walking to and from school or dropout. Unfortunately, many choose the latter. In Nicaragua and Guatemala, UNICEF research indicates that over 50% of youth do not attain secondary school enrollment (UNICEF, 2008-2011). Moreover, these nationwide indicators hide the enormous difference between enrollment in urban and rural communities.
In addition to limited educational access, education in rural areas rarely prepares students for life beyond the classroom. School curriculums often lack relevance to the needs of individuals living in rural communities, teaching few skills applicable to the student's environment. This gap between the student's needs and the school curriculum is perhaps most evident in the lack of subject matter pertaining to agricultural and entrepreneurial training. Without technical knowledge or vocational training, the vast majority of rural youth takes over the subsistence agricultural practices of their parents or migrates to urban areas to seek minimum wage employment.
The Fabretto Children's Foundation has been addressing this issue through its successful youth development program, modeled after the 4-H methodology, which aims to cultivate leadership, responsible citizenship, and life skills through experiential learning projects. According to the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development prepared by Tufts University, youth engaged in 4-H activities (in the United States) are nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school; nearly two times more likely to go to college; and 25% more likely to contribute to their families and communities.
Currently, there are 12 Fabretto-sponsored 4-H groups in Nicaragua, which engage a total of 144 youth from 8 communities on projects in sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship, small business management, and arts & crafts.