“Empowering Teachers, Building Sustainable Societies”


On the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, Dianova and partner organizations prepare a donation of school supplies to benefit a disadvantaged region of Nicaragua

“Empowering teachers, building sustainable societies”, the motto chosen by UNESCO to celebrate the World Teachers’ Day, on October 5, illustrates the close relationship between education, social development and the preservation of our planet – what one might call a sustainable human development.

As UNESCO points out, It is recognized that teachers are not only a means to implementing education goals; they are the key to sustainability and national capacity in achieving learning and creating societies based on knowledge, values and ethics. However, they continue to face challenges brought about by staff shortages, poor training and low status.

World Teachers’ Day highlights the fact that teachers must be empowered as a critical step towards quality education and sustainable societies

Dianova to Donate School Supplies to Raitipura community (Nicaragua)

Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Latin America (1): poverty affects more than two million three hundred thousand people, that is almost half of its population. Poverty is two times more prevalent in the country’s rural areas than in urban areas (2) and negatively impacts health and other essential services, including education.

On the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, the Dianova Foundation and the tour operator Rutas Escondidas (Hidden Trails)partners in a project to promote responsible tourism in Nicaragua – have prepared an initiative which is to consist of a donation of educational materials and group activities to raise awareness of the opportunities offered by responsible tourism as a participative instrument for local development.

Today’s initiative is to benefit the schools of Raitipura region, a community of the Autonomous Region of the Southern Caribbean Coast (RACCS), a multicultural and multilingual area, populated by descendants of indigenous peoples and Afro-Caribbean immigrants.

Responsible tourism is about finding the right balance between tourism, economic development, environment protection and the satisfaction of tourists and local residents.

Present in Nicaragua since 1986, The Dianova Foundation develops educational programs which primarily benefit rural communities, among the country’s most disadvantaged. Since the  inception of the Dianova Foundation in this country and until 2014, these programs reached 4,319 children and adolescents in primary, secondary and technical education modalities, and 7,868 parents and guardians, including a monitoring and psychosocial support carried out through NEOVIDA, a program dedicated to personal development and the prevention of addictive behaviors.

In addition, a number of prevention and awareness campaigns have been conducted in the fields of health education and social and community development, with a direct impact on more than 75,000 people.

Finally, more than 3,000 tons of donations have allowed the construction of day care centers, sports facilities and healthcare centers, moreover various educational centers and hospitals have been equipped through solidarity campaigns in several countries of Europe and the Americas, with the participation of 780 volunteers.

  1. Intermon Oxfam, 2009
  2. Poverty rate: 70% in rural areas / 30% in urban regions (data: World Bank)

Dianova web site dedicated to responsible tourism: http://turismoresponsable.dianova.org