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

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 Asegurando la Educación (Securing Education) program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), capitalizes on the opportunity that schools provide to establish a culture of nonviolence, inclusion, and respect among youth. The project 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, Asegurando la Educación 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, the program 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.

Select Results

  • Assisted the Ministry of Education in developing the comprehensive National Strategy for Prevention and School Safety launched nationwide in February 2019.
  • Trained school principals nationwide in leadership, conflict resolution, and migration prevention.
  • Designed and delivered “Educators for Peace” professional development for more than 3,000 teachers from 115 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 that can easily be expanded into hundreds of additional schools.
  • Facilitated field visits for 262 at-risk students from disadvantaged communities to local businesses, showcasing potential career paths in “Day of Dreams” initiative to encourage young people to stay in school and graduate.
  • Recruited and trained 120 university students to serve as Fellows and conduct violence prevention activities in 115 target schools.
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