Honduras—Asegurando la Educación (Securing Education)

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

Duration: 2017-2022

Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Country: Honduras

Solutions: Fragile States Governance

A major impediment to Honduran students’ success is violence in and around schools, which can lead to life-long negative behavior that impacts Honduran society and beyond. Preventing that violence is critical to enabling at-risk youth to stay in school, contributing to better academic outcomes, improved lives, reduced crime, and stronger communities.

The Asegurando la Educación (Securing Education) program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is helping 115 schools establish cultures of nonviolence, inclusion, and respect. The project partners with education systems and communities in target municipalities to make schools safer for students and teachers while empowering schools to play a larger role in decreasing community violence.

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.

Select Results

  • Assisted the Ministry of Education in developing the comprehensive National Strategy for Prevention and School Safety launched nationwide in February 2019.
  • Designed and delivered “Educators for Peace” professional development for more than 3,000 teachers from 115 target schools working in contexts of crisis; partnered with National Pedagogical University to work on incorporating “Educators for Peace” into pre-service training.
  • Designed and implemented a sports-based, social-emotional learning program, training physical education teachers to deliver it in 80 schools; the Ministry of Education is adopting the program for potential expansion into hundreds of schools.
  • Recruited and trained 120 university students to serve as Fellows and conduct violence prevention activities.
  • Safe Learning Spaces” initiative in just one year increased the percentage of schools that retain full (initial to final) enrollment from 35 to 52 percent.
  • 47 percent of teachers report a new understanding, interpretation, and approach to addressing conflict with students; 16 percent expressed improved relations with parents regarding conflict.
  • Local businesses have contributed cash, refreshments, student desks, and even medical screenings to schools, while other businesses have hosted 1,500 students from high-risk neighborhoods to learn about jobs available to graduates.
  • 87.5 percent of high-risk students completed the pilot cognitive behavioral therapy program, with teachers, parents, and the students themselves reporting improved behaviors and academic performance.
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