60 million girls in Nicaragua’s Bosawás
Having left Guatemala just a short time ago, it hasn’t taken us long to arrive in the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, the indigenous territory of the Miskito. This remote area of Nicaragua is only accessible by a rugged drive along dirt roads, followed by a 9-hour trip in a dugout canoe along the Rio Coco.
We have supported two projects in the Bosawás with our partner, Change for Children. The first project resulted in the construction of two high schools – sorely needed – in the villages of Pankawás and Aniwás. The second project is in the process of being implemented in three remote communities. It is designed primarily to address the poor quality of education, the lack of educational resources and the scarcity of trained teachers. Once again, the Mobile Learning Labs are at the heart of the project. The RACHEL has been uploaded with culturally and linguistically appropriate or adapted curriculum. This allows both adults and children access to digital libraries, as well as a wealth of educational resources, in their mother tongue.
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Yamni Balram (welcome in Miskito)
Miskito is the language spoken by about 180,000 indigenous people in the northeast of Nicaragua.
Facts about the Miskitos:
- The Miskito population is estimated at 180,000 people.
- It is a poor and marginalized indigenous group in Northern Nicaragua
- More than 70% of Miskito children do not attend school.
- Illiteracy rate reaches 80% in rural areas (where most Miskito live).
- Schools are understaffed and undersupplied, with as many as 80 pupils per classroom
Adolescent girls are at risk:
- Miskito adolescent girls are subject to child trafficking and vulnerable females are being preyed on in their community.
- Traffickers are known to operate in schools where they lure teenagers with false offers of work.
- Education is key to helping girls understand their rights and to avoid risks.
You wish to hike more?
Stay in the region and enjoy the beautiful Peñas Blancas of the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, the largest forest in Central America.
- The Bosawás Biosphere Reserve was declared a UNESCO site in 1997.
- It is extremely rich in biodiversity, providing habitat to an estimated 13% of the world’s known species, several of which are threatened with extinction.
- If you enjoy living on the rustic side of life and enjoy a bit of adventure, then this is one of the best places for hiking in Nicaragua.
- There are two main hikes in the area. The first is a 3-hour walk to the spectacular Arcoiris Waterfall. The other more adventurous trail to the top of the Reserve, a steep 4-hour hike, takes you through the best part of the cloud forest – complete with scrambling through mud and climbing to the ridge above the cliffs. From there, you can see just about everything around you if the skies are clear.