In the past few weeks, we’ve looked at several examples (first in Kenya, second in India) of how sponsorship empowers families to support their children’s education. Today we finish the series by looking at El Salvador and closing the technology gap.
For students living in poverty, computers are seen as expensive luxuries that only the rich can afford. Many schools do not provide computer training.
Unless they find a way to learn computers, students have trouble keeping up.
“When students reach high school or college, their teachers expect them to know how to access the Internet, download assignments, do research and check grades,” said Yesenia Alfaro, project coordinator for CFCA in Santa Ana, El Salvador.
(You can read more about Yesenia’s interview and the technological gap for students in developing countries here.)
To help level the playing field for CFCA sponsored students, the project contracted with local technical schools to offer computer classes to students ages 13 to 20. CFCA also covers the cost of transportation to class for students in rural areas. Read more