Colegio "Rosa Virginia" (High School)
This program is open to female students, who have completed their primary education and wish to continue school. In addition to teaching traditional subjects like math and science, this secondary education also includes extensive vocational training in sewing. Upon graduation, students are awarded a professional diploma in their trade, thereby enabling them to get higher-paying jobs. The curriculum also includes a comprehensive sexual education program developed specifically for the challenges and life situations faced by the working child population. This weekly course covers life decisions, relationship and self-esteem building, risk analysis, information on violence and pregnancy options, and instruction on how to access social services.
Why is the Colegio RV so important?
Parents of working children often do not want to send their children to school because they fear their family will not be able to survive financially without the child’s income. While normal schools in Ecuador have 6 years of colegio (high school) education, CENIT condenses it into three years, allowing children to complete two years of study every school year. This way the families will only sacrifice the added income for a decreased amount of them and therefore can be persuaded more easily to send their children to high school. Another benefit to the Colegio is that it has very flexible age limits – it is open to all girls between the ages of 12-18, so if a girl didn´t have the oportunity to enter high school at the usual age, CENIT still welcomes her at older age.