This blog was previously published on UNICEF's website.
Jose is an 8-year-old child, who walks for an hour every day to reach his school located in a community in the Southern Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. His school is a small wooden infrastructure, which suffered damage from the impact of Hurricane Julia in October 2022.
Jose and 10 other students receive lessons under a multigrade modality. Multigrade is the typical form of education in remote and scattered communities to offer educational services for children who are at different knowledge and learning levels. They all form a diverse group, taught by one teacher.
Jose's school is one of the 6 educational centers located in the departments of Boaco and the South Caribbean Autonomous Region of Nicaragua that are part of the project: Reactivation of preschool and primary multigrade learning spaces in rural areas affected by Hurricane Julia.
The goal of the project is to ensure the educational continuity of at least 150 students in the preschool and multigrade primary levels.
In this project, community participation has been a key factor. The Ministry of Education and UNICEF, representing the Global Partnership for Education, visited the communities to engage in a dialogue process with community leaders, teachers, mothers, fathers, and students.
"I think it has been important to have these meetings because we have been able to express our opinion and have the project adjusted to our needs. For example, here in our community, we have decided to change the location of the school, as it will be closer to a safe water source and the community houses," said Jamileth Paz, a mother.