our partners in Nicaragua:
Universidad de las Regiones Autónomas de la Costa Caribe Nicaragüense
Universidad de las Regiones Autónomas de la Costa Caribe Nicaragüense (URACCAN) is Latin America's first intercultural university and SAIH has collaborated with them since 1994. URACCAN was started in the autonomous territories of the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. With more than six different groups of indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants, the population living here is very multicultural and multilingual. The university was established as a response to the population's lack of access to relevant higher education in its own language, and a contribution to the region's development. SAIH provides support for research, study programs, student democracies and advocacy work that promotes intercultural higher education. Read more.
Centro de Estudios e Información de la Mujer Multiétnica
Centro de Estudios e Información de la Mujer Multiétnica (CEIMM) is the Institute for Gender Research at URACCAN. Since the university was founded in 1992, they have worked to promote an intercultural gender perspective in research at URACCAN and in the university's various functions and campuses, and to create a debate about gender discrimination in the surrounding communities. CEIMM works to strengthen the rights of women and LGBT people through four main lines: Education for liberation; Strengthening political participation; Female entrepreneurship; and Discrimination and gender-based violence. SAIH's support goes to research, competence development within the university, international cooperation and prevention of gender-based violence and discrimination at the university. Read more.
Fundación para la Autonomía y Desarrollo de la Costa Atlántica de Nicaragua
Fundación para la Autonomía y Desarrollo de la Costa Atlántica de Nicaragua (FADCANIC) is an organization working to strengthen intercultural education, autonomy and better social and economic conditions for indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants and mestizos (the majority population in Latin America, mestizo comes from the Latin word for "mixed") on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua, through vocational education and training of teachers, sustainable social development and protection of the environment.
SAIH works with FADCANIC on two different projects:
An education system is only as good as its teachers. Since 1997, FADCANIC has offered a training program for unqualified teachers working in schools on the autonomous Atlantic coast. Since then, the program continues to have a significant impact on improving education in the region by meeting one of the most pressing needs in the education sector, namely the lack of qualified teachers. This is especially important on the Atlantic coast, where many different population groups, languages and cultural realities live together. SAIH works with FADCANIC to train teachers as key drivers of social change in communities on the Atlantic coast.
Centro de Educación Técnica Ambiental y Agroforestal
Centro de Educación Técnica Ambiental y Agroforestal (CETAA) is a vocational school that works with sustainable environmental and forest management, run by FADCANIC. The students at the school come from different communities for indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants and mestizos, in the poorest areas of Nicaragua. SAIH and FADCANIC work together to offer vocational studies that aim to strengthen young people's contribution to the sustainable development of the autonomous Atlantic coast, as well as to give them the opportunity to go on to study at the university.