Honduras—School-Based Violence Prevention Activity (SBVPA)

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

Duration: 2017-2022

Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Country: Honduras

Solutions: Fragile States Governance

While the education sector in Honduras faces many complex challenges, one of the most insidious obstacles to students’ success is violence in and around schools. School-based violence (SBV) not only hinders the academic achievement of youth while they are students, but can lead to life-long negative behavior patterns that impact Honduran society. SBV prevention has emerged as a critical strategy for breaking this cycle by enabling at-risk youth to stay in school, leading to better academic outcomes, which are linked to improved levels of health and nutrition, reduced crime, and stronger local economies.

The Honduras School-Based Violence Prevention Activity (SBVPA), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), capitalizes on the opportunity that schools provide to establish a culture of non-violence, inclusion, and respect among youth. SBVPA partners with education systems and communities in target municipalities to make schools safer places for students and teachers, while also empowering schools to play a larger role in decreasing community violence.

To address the complex nature of violence in and around schools, SBVPA works across multiple levels: improving schools’ ability to prevent violence; strengthening local networks that increase school safety; and building the capacity of the Ministry of Education and social service agencies to respond to school-based violence. By taking a comprehensive, adaptive approach that involves teachers, students, administrators, community members, and policymakers, SBVPA works to enhance education and job opportunities for youth, while increasing peace and security in communities.

Sample Activities

  • Assist teachers and administrators to integrate locally tailored violence-prevention techniques into curriculum development, teacher training, and after-school activities.

  • Provide grants and technical assistance to schools, community organizations, and social service partners to pilot customized prevention services.

  • Support the strengthening of referral mechanisms and integration of social services for child protection cases related to drug abuse, psychological support, and domestic violence.

  • Collaborate with the Ministry of Education to develop and implement protocols to help school staff address and mitigate violence.

  • Train schools and education centers on applying screening models to identify high-risk youth for early intervention and additional support.

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