A School that is part of ACECEN

Fundación Latinoamericana en Nicaragua (Latin-American Foundation in Nicaragua) started Pequeño Benjamin (Little Benjamin) School in 1999.  Before the school was founded, there was a clinic on the same location, and the need for a school became very obvious.  The school was started as a preschool, and more grades were added every year.  Currently the enrollment is around 400 students, including preschool, primary, and secondary students. The school is located near three neighbourhoods: Colonia los Maestros, El Chaparral and Villa Victoria de Julio.  The majority of parents of students at Pequeño Benjamin School work in the textile industry, construction labor and teaching.  Some can pay the tuition fees, while approximately 20% of the students receive scholarships in order attend.  In addition to economic difficulty, the community of Tipitapa is vulnerable to illness such as dengue and malaria.

Pequeño Benjamin School strives to improve the Tipitapa community by providing quality education with a foundation on the Word of God. To achieve this, Pequeño Benjamin School has been working with ACECEN for three years.  The teachers are all Christians, each one trained in biblical worldview, and having a teaching degree with the exception of one, who is working on a degree. The teachers have good educational experience, which results in the fact that the community has confidence in them. Teaching staff consists of 16 full time teachers, two of whom work both the morning and afternoon shifts.  The school runs primary classes in the mornings and high school classes in the afternoons.  The facilities include 6 classrooms, a computer lab, auditorium, library, director's office, and bathrooms. Some areas of need are a nutrition program for the students, and vocational education possibilities.  Physical facility needs include an extra classroom to accommodate another class, and a improvements to the auditorium (floor and roof).

Pequeño Benjamin School is ideally located close to communities where there is a strong need for transformation.  The school has a good reputation in the community, as well as with other organizations working in the community.  God’s Word is being shared at Pequeño Benjamin School, and through this school into the Tipitapa community.

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