Seeds of Learning has worked with communities to build and establish eight Learning Resource Centers (LRCs) throughout Nicaragua, which provide educational resources to under-resourced communities. Six of these LRCs are located in rural communities, while the seventh (and our largest, flagship center) is located in the town of Ciudad Darío. Our eighth center, which is a Children’s Library, is located in the city of Matagalpa.
The LRC in Ciudad Darío serves as the main hub of SOL’s work in Nicaragua and is managed by staff. The other LRCs are jointly managed by SOL and the community members, and staffed by volunteers teachers, community members, and (in some areas) SOL scholarship recipients. The centers are in various stages of transition towards full management by the local community.
LRCs are open to students, teachers, parents, and community members free of charge. They vary in size and offerings, from a small kiosk to a large three room building. All feature small libraries, educational materials, some technology, games and story books for kids. Some also offer music and dance classes, a computer lab, and other special activities (frequently led by our scholarship students). The centers are open every weekday and frequently on weekends for special activities.
In 2015, our LRCs received over 48,000 user visits.