Nearly a billion people Entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names - 2/3 of them are women
If all children in low-income countries learned basic reading skills, 171 Million people could be lifted from poverty
A child born to a literate woman is twice as likely to survive past the
age of 5
- 55% attend secondary school
- 16% over the age of 15 are illiterate
- The average adult has 7.6 years of schooling
- Fewer than 10% of children with disabilities receive education
- 24% leave school before grade 5
- Adult English
- Children’s English
- Children’s Art
- Library and Community Center
- Environmental Education
- E-Gap Career Prep/Small Business Development
- Teen Center
- 1 in 4 children complete primary-level education
- <40% of girls leave school to marry
- The average adult has 5.8 years of schooling
- 40:1 student-teacher ratio
- 90% of high school graduates fail basic math source
- Creative Arts
- Youth Medical Career Education
- Lacrosse the Nations
- Public School English
Ecuador Education Programs
English fluency opens a world of opportunities in Ecuador, where English education is too expensive for the low-income communities who need it most. Manna Project’s high quality, affordable English classes help students thrive. Small class sizes, strong student/teacher relationships and supplemental practice sessions result in high proficiency. Class participants gain self-confidence and sharpened mental acuity, and many graduate go on to obtain well-paying jobs.
Few schools offer comprehensive English language tuition. Where classes do exist, subject material is frequently incorrect. Private English education is expensive and out of reach for low-income families, yet English fluency is a valuable skill in Ecuador’s job market. MPI Ecuador meets the huge demand for high-quality, affordable English language instruction from native-speaking teachers.
Many agrarian households in Ecuador live on less than $4 USD/day and have little money to spend on the extracurricular development of their children. Children’s Art provides a free opportunity for underprivileged children to express themselves creatively. Through guided projects as well as unstructured class time, children develop the skills that promote lifelong adaptability.
The Chillos Valley is home to some of the greatest wealth disparity in the region. Many lack basic education, sanitation, and utility coverage. At Manna Project's Community Center, kids can play, learn and read; teens can play video games, watch movies, read and hang out; and adults can pursue continued education through interactive workshops and internet access.
Multiple studies have shown that children and adults who read do better in school or work. Reading reduces stress, increases focus, and improves analytical thinking, vocabulary, memory and writing skills. Manna Project's library is the first of its kind in the Chillos Valley and has a full range of books, games, puzzles and other intellectually stimulating activities for all ages.
Though Ecuador's economy is flourishing, the poorest sector of the population is unable to take part in the growth due to limited resources and education. The Small Business Development Program provides basic professional skills in business development, accounting and money management. Participants have access to resources to develop and implement specific, individualized strategies for success.
The Teen Center is a safe, dynamic drug- and alcohol-free zone exclusively for teens ages 12-19. Each month the Teen Center serves a core group of 50+ teens from underprivileged communities in the Chillos Valley. Participants in challenging circumstances find a listening ear, homework help, movie nights and outings.
The Teacher Empowerment and Advancement of Children's English Sangolqui (TEACHES) Project was developed as a resource for aspiring and current Ecuadorian teachers struggling to understand their curriculum. TEACHES equips participants to succeed in the classroom through 100 hours of classroom instruction, one-on-one tutoring, observed classroom teaching and TEFL certification. When teachers have a better understanding of course material, underprivileged Ecuadorian children can be guided to English proficiency and experience increased wellbeing through future economic advancement. MPI is currently seeking funding for The TEACHES pilot program.
Nicaragua Education Programs
Students hone their English skills in Advanced English to fully prepare themselves for the employment opportunities available to English speakers in Nicaragua. Having mastered a large amount of knowledge in Levels 1 through 4, students enter Level 5, where the focus is on practicing what they have learned through various activities including projects, competitions, games, and more. Students who graduate from Level 5 English speak, comprehend, read, and write in English at a highly advanced or fluent level. Many of our students go on to obtain employment based on their English English-speaking skills.
Nicaragua has the highest number of teenage pregnancies in Latin America. Manna Project partners with local secondary schools to teach health classes to boys and girls separately, where adolescents may speak openly about issues they face. Curriculum covers basic nutrition and physical health. Students participate in discussions on stereotypes, gender inequality and the physical, emotional and cultural aspects of sexual health.
In a country with very limited employment opportunities, learning English is one of the very best ways for Nicaraguans to obtain steady, quality employment to support themselves and their families. Our Beginner English classes consist of Levels 1 and 2, where large numbers of students learn the essentials of the English language. This includes basic vocabulary and grammar, and practice in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehending English. For both children and adults, the path to English fluency begins here.
Opportunities abound in Nicaragua for English speakers, and our English program prepares community members to take advantage of these opportunities to improve their financial stability. Having learned the basics of the English language, students enter Intermediate English, which consists of Levels 3 and 4. In these classes, students learn advanced details of the language, and fully transition over to hearing and speaking English exclusively during class. Once students finish Intermediate English, they speak English at an advanced level.
Manna Project works in partnership with Lacrosse the Nations to create joy and opportunity for children in need. Participants develop life skills and self-esteem to succeed both on and off the field. In a community where only one in four people completes primary school, the program results in improved health, school enrollment, attendance and graduation rates.
Health statistics in Nicaragua are staggering: 1 in 3 children suffers chronic malnutrition, 30% of deaths result from cardiovascular disease and 1 in 10 adults has type 2 diabetes with little access to insulin. Manna Project reaches underserved communities with education and tools needed to increase wellness through prevention.
Learning the English language is one of the best paths towards a brighter economic future in Nicaragua. Additionally, learning the language from native speakers is a very rare and valuable opportunity. Our Public School English courses provide local sixth graders with the opportunity to learn the foundation of the language from native speakers, and to get excited about English before entering secondary school where they have the opportunity to further their English education. For many local students, the route to English fluency and a brighter future begins here.
The Youth Medical Career Education program, called Generation, prepares students ages 14-18 interested in a career in the health professions. Through participation in interactive classes, students learn about healthcare, biological, and medical topics. Students also receive information on university and career options available in fields such as medicine, nursing, and pharmacy. Following completion of the course, students gain additional skills by volunteering in the Cedro Galán Clinic.
"Speaking English opens up so many opportunities - jobs, travel, schools - that would not be possible without it."
Ecuador Program Participant
"The Convention on the Rights of the Child is clear: Education is the foundation of a free and fulfilled life."
The State of the World's Children