Los Laureles is a semi-urban town of around 3,000 people located in the municipality of Tipitapa, Nicaragua. It is home to a large public school which serves 475 students from pre-kindergarten through high school. The school also serves as the administrative and technical headquarters for five other schools from five nearby communities, and the principal overseeing all these schools is based in Los Laureles.
The school at Los Laureles is large and has sufficient classrooms. However, there is not adequate space for the school’s library. The existing stock of books and educational materials are piled in a small room that was originally intended to be the principal’s office. The room lacks space for chairs, tables, and bookcases. The Nicaraguan Ministry of Education has already hired a librarian, but she will not begin working at the school until a proper library space is available.
In 2018, Seeds of Learning partnered with the Los Laureles community and international volunteers to build a new two-room library. We will partnered with the nonprofit organization One Dollar For Life, who helped to provide funding for this project. The building is located on the school grounds, and houses bookcases stocked with a variety of reading materials, tables and chairs for students, a multimedia projector and screen, a sound system, and ten Chromebooks. The library is also be used for other educational activities and classes, such as arts and crafts, dance, and vocational trainings. Community members of all ages have access to the library, as well as teachers and students from other schools. We believe the library will help create conditions for high quality learning at the Los Laureles school.
8/10 Update: Construction of this new school library is complete, in partnership with the local community and One Dollar for Life, Winds of Change, and the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley. Our construction timeline was extended due to the unrest in Nicaragua, but we did finish by the end of 2018. We thank the volunteers from Crystal Springs Uplands School, who participated in the construction.
Click here to view photos of the construction progress.