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Case Study: Resource Learning Centres in Rural Nicaragua

Several “Resource Learning Centres” were established throughout rural Nicaragua with the aim of educating children and young adults from a computerized library and training centre.

Each centre focused on an individual theme (environment, health, small business support). Training was done by members of the community. Leaders of the community learned to administrate and manage the centre. Eventually the centres became permanent institutions that supported the community, completely owned and operated by the local community.

In the region of Juigalpa, Chontales, hundreds of children learned to express themselves through stories, art and self‐learning. They established a local newspaper to bring their community together and to provide financial security to the centre.

Young adults became qualified for jobs within their own town that previously were not available to them. Women found the guidance and support to begin their own small enterprises.