We are happy to announce the start of construction of the new school for the children of Caño Los Martínez in Nicaragua. At the Acronis Global Cyber Summit 2019 in Miami, more than $30.000 were raised to facilitate this much-needed school building. It is great to see what can be made possible if many people join forces!
As one of the poorest countries in Latin America, Nicaragua has struggled to invest sufficiently in the education system. This leads to many out-of-school children, especially in rural areas, low levels of student learning outcomes in regional assessments, and low quality of preschool education, particularly among disadvantaged rural households.
The village currently has a school built several decades ago. It only has one classroom and one temporary classroom; three teachers conducting lessons. The enrollment at the school is 77 learners in all 6-grade levels and one pre-primary class.
Obviously, two classrooms for all these different levels is not enough. We hope education in the new school building can increase the students’ ability to lead a happy life, participate in society, and restore peace and stability.
Initially, a group of Acronis partners and project sponsors was supposed to fly to Nicaragua in May to participate in the initial groundbreaking. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted our plans, and the construction started in late August without external visitors. If everything goes according to plan, the new school building can be opened in approximately six months.