When Staying Home is a Privilege

In contrast with the mandates of all other Central American countries, schools in Nicaragua have remained open. The WHO (World Health Organization) recommendation of rest in place is a privilege not afforded to many living in poverty around the world, including the Indigenous people in the Bosawas. And while the remote location can serve as a barrier to virus spread, the threat posed by infectious disease is disproportionately high given the poor access to public health systems and the tendency for large multi-generational families to live in close quarters.

Our Technology and Training for Quality and Equality in the Bosawas project facilitators and promoters are newly equipped with knowledge gained from the Pan-American Health Organization’s COVID-19 Training course. They continue to regularly visit the remote communities along the Coco River as part of their project role in working with teachers and also to disseminate COVID-19 information and hygiene supplies.

Following teacher training which is currently ongoing, the next phase of the Technology and Training for Quality and Equality in the Bosawas project will bring technology into the classrooms of the new Tuburus school and others in the region. With the support of 60milliongirls, the next phase is set to begin in January.

“In Bosawas, as promoters, we share the information with the people — girls and boys, students, teachers and men and women. Thank you for the opportunity to help our people from our community.”

— Alonso, Project Facilitator

Central America and the Caribbean Education In The Field Nicaragua