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Fe y Alegria in Nicaragua

Historical summary
Lines of action
New challenges

Historical summary

Fe y Alegría en Nicaragua (6Kb)Fe y Alegria Nicaragua began its educational activity in 1974 amidst highly precarious circumstances and at a moment when political and social conditions were deplorable because of the dictatorship and the war.  In that year two schools were opened in marginal neighborhoods of Managua.  In the first stages there was considerable help from foreign sources, and funds were also sought at the national level to help the work operate and expand.

Fe y Alegría en Nicaragua (6Kb)New schools were gradually founded, but the expansion of the work was always vulnerable to the generally unstable situation in the country.   In 1980 an agreement was signed with the government for the payment of personnel, a circumstance which allowed a speedy growth of the organization in several parts of the country and which incorporated schools that had suffered as a result of the war and were on the verge of disappearing.  In the decade of the 90s the country experienced serious financial difficulties, which also affected Fe y Alegria.  Growth was somewhat slower in this period, but a major accomplishment was the opening of the Teachers Training College in Los Lecheguaos in 1995.

In the course of the years Fe y Alegria Nicaragua has concentrated mainly on formal education in urban areas that suffer from unemployment, youth gangs, lack of public services, large families and migration from rural areas.  There are also schools in a purely rural setting.

Since 1999 Fe y Alegria Nicaragua has begun a “refounding” process which consists in reviewing and adapting the educational and social action programs to the new times and realities of Nicaragua.  We have launched a period of internal consolidation, which on the one hand encourages greater cohesion, identity and clarity as regards our mission and our goals and on the other permits an improvement in the quality of the services we offer.

Lines of action

  1. Formal education: at pre-primary, primary and secondary levels, in marginal urban and rural areas.  Educational attention is also given to working children.
  2. Technical agricultural education.
  3. Teacher training in a Rural Teachers College.
  4. Learning-method workshops.
  5. Medical clinics and nutritional complexes which seek to provide a more integral service.
  6. Institutional development, with lines of action in the following areas:  identity and mission; training of management teams, teachers and administrative personnel; social and economic betterment of the personnel; relationships with the Ministry of Education and other sectors of Nicaraguan society; integration of the parents into the life and the work of the educational centers; development of educational models based on the principles of Popular Education; research and publishing; widening of the network of Fe y Alegria into new areas of non-formal education; fund-raising and sustainability; improvement of the infrastructure in the centers; development of youth leadership and organization; improvement of internal relations and communication.


  1. The development of projects in different regions of the country.  Presently there are educational centers in Managua (Ciudad Sandino, Mateare and the highway to Masaya), Leon (rural village of Lechecuagos), Chinandega (the city and the rural area of Somotillo), Carazo, Esteli and Ocotal.
  2. The commitment of teachers, technicians and religious congregations.
  3. The appreciation shown by the educational community and the Ministry of Education for the work realized in our educational centers and for the quality of the education which is offered.
  4. The academic formation, the care of the students, the commitment to the community and especially the humane and value-oriented training which is imparted to those who participate in our projects.

New challenges

  1. Offering to society and to the public education system high-quality educational models for the poorest sectors, models which are in accord with sustainable development and which have as a primary aim education in and for the workplace.  Proposing other strategies that allow for a betterment of living conditions for the poorest sectors and thus help to alleviate the burden of poverty.
  2. Transforming Fe y Alegria Nicaragua into a laboratory for innovation, experimentation and development of proposals which offer in-depth solutions to the problems which afflict education; striving to spread the influence and leadership of Fe y Alegria in the country.
  3. Broadening the work opportunities of the rural and the marginal urban populations, with priority on the former, since the rural population is the one most afflicted by extreme poverty and high levels of illiteracy and exclusion from education.



Director: Fernando Cardenal S.J.
Oficina: Auto Mundo 3 ½ Abajo.
Reparto San Martín Nº 36
Apartado 4063
Managua - Nicaragua
Teléfonos: (505) 2664994 / 2660458
Fax: (505) 2685307
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