Bridging Opportunity and Technology Gaps in Rural Honduras

Only about 20% of rural students will make it to their high school graduation. The majority wind up in the same type of low-wage and unskilled positions filled by those with barely a primary school education. Another likely outcome, students opt for migration or fall victim to criminal activity to earn money.

They remain trapped in the same cycle despite their higher education because there has not existed a support network to connect rural students to opportunities post-high school.

This is where NIDO – Graduate Resource Center comes in.

The Intersection of NGOs and Public-private Partnerships

Students gain proficiency in both life skills and technical skills identified as most in-demand through labor market assessments. Courses aim to help youth make the transition from adolescence to adulthood in addition to increasing their employability. Courses are divided between General Education and Electives based on students’ career interests.

Private Sector:

  • Internships
  • Entrepreneurship workshops such as customer service, finance, and marketing.
  • Certifications 
  • Participation in labor market and employability assessments affecting youth

Public Sector:

  • Donation of the physical space for NIDO use
  • Scholarships to study in nearby trade schools 
  • Formal recognition of NIDO activities by governmental institutions
  • Long-term cost-sharing arrangements
  • Support to replicate programming in other municipalities

NGOs:

  • Subsidized student transportation fees
  • Tech equipment donations
  • Volunteer network of course trainers and mentors
  • Logistics and evaluation for NIDO workshops and activities
Students gain proficiency in both life skills and technical skills identified as most in-demand through labor market assessments. Courses aim to help youth make the transition from adolescence to adulthood in addition to increasing their employability. Courses are divided between General Education and Electives based on students’ career interests.

Results

Before
 

After

 
23%
 
62%

of student participants possess functional computer skills and basic MS Office knowledge

40%
100%

of student participants possess basic understanding of the national universities, admissions processes, and available majors.

All courses are given at no cost to E2E students and at minimal cost to non-E2E students.
9%
100%

of student participants possess foundational knowledge of different types of bank accounts, different kinds of debt, credit, and how to open a bank account.

All courses are given at no cost to E2E students and at minimal cost to non-E2E students.