Media Center“Food for Education” Educational Program Expects Successful Second Phase with Funding from USDA

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Suyapa Maradiaga
Catholic Relief Services (CRS Honduras)
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First stage increased by 22 percent the comprehensive
reading skill level of students benefiting from Food for Education  

JESÚS DE OTORO, INTIBUCÁ, HONDURAS, April 8, 2016 – Government officials, representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Cáritas Santa Rosa de Copan and the Central Committee for Water and Integral Development of Intibucá (COCEPRADDI), will come together today at the John F. Kennedy Education Center to launch the second phase of the Food for Education (FFE) program. With $33.7 million provided by USDA, the FFE program will continue utilizing for the next five years an educational model that has already increased the reading skills of participating children by 22 percent.  

During its first stage, which began in 2013, the FFE program benefited more than 54,000 children in 17 municipalities in the department of Intibucá through educational incentives such as food, transportation, backpacks and other school supplies and infrastructure.  

In coordination with the Ministry of Education, the principals of 970 schools were trained in key areas including management, administration and assessment, as well as in the operation and administration of school transportation. More than 316 classrooms and bathrooms and hand washing stations were constructed or rehabilitated with the help of parents and community leaders so that students have a safe, pleasant and hygienic environment in which to study.

In the second stage, 75 percent of children in the department of Intibucá will benefit by developing skills in comprehensive reading, and teacher attendance will be improved. It is also expected that more than 1,000 schools will be equipped with supplies and educational materials.

Similarly, more than 500 parent associations and other community groups will be trained in the legal framework of education in Honduras. Some 2,000 teachers will be trained in different participatory methodologies for teaching and learning in the classroom.


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Robyn Fieser

Regional Marketing Manager - LACRO

Robyn Fieser
April 6, 2016

Based in Bogotá, Colombia

Robyn is the regional marketing manager for CRS in Latin America and the Caribbean. She raises awareness about CRS’ humanitarian and disaster relief programs, serving as a contact for key news outlets and coordinating coverage of emergency and development stories. From a base in Bogata, Colombia, she travels throughout the region to report in-...More