The expansion of agricultural activities in different areas of Nicaragua has led to a gradual decrease in forest cover. In response to the urgent need for climate action, young people in Nicaragua are leading a campaign called Dame Chance (Give me a Chance). The campaign will support almost 250 young people to promote and create sustainable green jobs and behaviours. The campaign will also support thousands of local farmers and small businesses to adopt positive environmental practices and reduce their impact on protected forested areas in and around their communities. Through the campaign, over 6,000 people will be working to reduce the impact of deforestation and promote green jobs in 16 rural communities in the north and pacific regions of Nicaragua.
Young people in Costa Rica are leading a campaign called ‘Greentalist’. The campaign will support thousands of young people to promote positive environmental actions and behaviours. This will help young people across Costa Rica to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. The campaign will run an innovative youth-led environmental education programme. The curriculum will include sessions on ecological awareness, waste management and reduction, sustainable lifestyles, and environmental leadership and social action.
Indigenous communities in Costa Rica are amongst the most marginalised members of society. Children living in these territories have little access to decent school facilities and as a result their level of education is much lower than the national average. We work alongside the communities in the Alto Chirripó indigenous lands to build and refurbish schools. We improve the knowledge and skills among school committees of parents and teachers for appropriate management and maintenance of the school infrastructure. Young people facilitate discussions with the community to understand the barriers to quality education and promote school attendance. Over the past 20 years, we have worked with indigenous communities to build over 100 school infrastructures, enabling over 2220 children to enjoy education in a sheltered, safe environment.