Education in Surinam is called ‘leri’. As a child you are told how important it is to finish your education (‘stuka’) so you can become a doctor or a lawyer. Parents play a major role in the motivation of children to continue learning.
Although Suriname does not belong to the category of poorest countries, according to an estimate by the CIA (CIA World Factbook) about seventy percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Part of the objective of Hotel con Corazón is investing in local educational projects. Suriname has about 350 elementary schools (nursery and primary education).
Where can we support
Basic education is, in itself, present throughout Suriname; the quality of education in the city of Paramaribo is higher than in the Interior. A problem is the chronic shortage of teaching staff, money and learning resources. This is especially true for schools in the Interior. In addition, the dropout is high (around 40%). For the exact details of local educational projects, we will cooperate with local partners in Suriname. In the Netherlands we start with preparation and orientation on different projects via our network partners.
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Education and global orientation
In the 1980s and 1990s many Surinamese left to the Netherlands looking for better opportunities. For the Surinamese society this exodus created a brain drain: Many emigrants were well educated and only a handful of them came back later. That is why – in addition to invest in school projects – we want to orient on projects that contribute to global development. Who learns to look outside, is more aware of different possibilities (trade, economics, technology, knowledge exchange etc.). Through wider involvement, childeren will learn to invest in their own and Suriname’s future.
Benjamin Franklin,(former politician and abolitionist) once said:
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn
We believe that contributing to good education means working closely together with schools, children, parents and the community.