The executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, called this Tuesday in Tegucigalpa for more investment in the education of children in Honduras and to grow up in a non-violent environment.
"I have visited Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula (the two most important cities in the country) and I see many economic and social needs, but also, and more importantly, the potential that exists to carry out all those projects in favor of education. of childhood, "Fore told Efe in the Honduran capital.
Fore, who on Sunday began an official visit to Honduras, was received today by teachers and students from the Roberto Suazo School, located in the "21 de Febrero" neighborhood, where the environment is of high social risk.
The educational center is one of those favored by Unicef through the "Peace, Coexistence and Citizenship Construction Program" and where Fore learned about the joint work of teachers, students and parents.
"We are with the first year of the program, we have been favored because this center operates in an area of high social risk, in the environment we have many problems of violence, many social problems, which affects our students", emphasized the director of the Roberto Suazo Córdova School, Lila Banegas, explaining to Fore about the operation of the educational center.
He added that a year ago, after a diagnosis, the teachers knew the need of the children of the school to be heard, "claiming their rights to screams", and they also proposed to improve their physical facilities, which they had a lot of time in poor condition and were uncomfortable for the students.
A year later the Roberto Suazo Córdova School is becoming a model, has an enrollment of 697 students that has grown by 10% and the dropout has been reduced to zero, said Banegas.
Fore toured the classrooms of the school accompanied by teachers and children directors of the student government, who then explained how their school works and the various activities they develop, and the role played by parents. In the school also operates a school for parents, said Banegas.
The UNICEF official welcomed the operation of the Roberto Suazo Córdova School and said that "places like this are models that have to scale to many proportions."
In order to promote schools like the Roberto Suazo Córdova one must also count on the support of public and private institutions, as well as of cooperation agencies, and that must be seen "as a great investment," he stressed.
He also indicated that if children and young people, as well as their families, have opportunities to grow with education and without violence, surely they would not think about leaving their country.
In October 2018, thousands of Hondurans, including women and men, including many children and the elderly, left in caravans to the United States in an irregular manner, citing lack of work and security in the country, which registers high rates of violence.
Fore was on Monday in San Pedro Sula and the community of Pajuiles, north, where he met another school in which his children have several needs.
In San Pedro Sula, Fore met with businessmen, of whom he said that they expressed that they are "very willing to work and participate together because they know that this type of investment is like the catapult to get the entire population out of poverty" .
The agenda of Fore, who will travel to Costa Rica tomorrow, today includes meetings with officials of the Government of Honduras and representatives of international cooperation accredited in Tegucigalpa.
His visit to Honduras has been to know the responses that the Government and international cooperation offer to children and adolescents affected by violence and migration in the country.
During her stay in Honduras, she has known programs that aim to include girls and boys outside of school, provide quality education for adolescents, mainly women, and ensure access to quality education in safety conditions.
In addition, it plans to sign with the Government presided by Juan Orlando Hernández a memorandum that incorporates Honduras as a pioneer country of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Violence against Children.
Fore has also engaged in dialogue with government authorities, donors and the private sector on opportunities for convergence and cooperation in order to stimulate public and private investment in secondary education and increase opportunities for vocational training, scholarships and entrepreneurship for Honduran adolescents and youth.