In 2014, LAAD started supporting the Digital Seeds program being carried forward by the Mercon group, one of our close clients in Nicaragua. Digital Seeds is a Mercon-propriety program that aims to improve the quality of primary education in Nicaragua’s rural areas. This program has been developed in coordination with the Ministry of Education of Nicaragua, the University of Pennsylvania, and other partners.
LAAD supported the program in 2014 with funding to purchase 80 computers for the children attending one of the participating schools. LAAD has continued supporting Digital Seeds and is committed to this excellent initiative.
In 2018, Seeds for Progress invested in the first infrastructure project with general school maintenance and hosted a volunteer group from the University.
This year 2018, a diagnostic of the communities of the coffee regions in Palencia, Esquipulas and Jalapa is being completed, measuring education and social indicators to determine the investment needed at the school level for the next three years.
We will begin the digital seats program with the teacher training component and general maintenance for the second half of 2019.
The infrastructure investment will be based on the school diagnostics, but will cover the first part of the basic schooling conditions needed.