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The Skills For Life Training Centre is located within Pablo Palacios School in the centre of Santo Domingo. The Centre caters for children aged 5 - 16, with a wide range of learning difficulties, providing an all round skills based education. Locally, this Skills For Life programme is known as 'Habilidades Para La Vida'.

Nearly 70% of Ecuador's 4.8 million children live in poverty, according to information published by UNICEF. Large disparities between rich and poor are a persistent fact of life in Ecuador. Indigenous and Afro-Ecuadorian children are more likely to grow up in poverty and face difficulties in accessing an education.  This lack of access is even more difficult when a child has a learning difficulty.

The Skills For Life/Habilidades Para La Vida programme involves:

  • individual education programmes
  • numeracy & literacy
  • cookery, arts and craft skills
  • skills for self care
  • hygiene education
  • motor skills 
  • social skills
  • participation in local & social cultural events

This programme commenced over 10 years ago and has continued to grow & develop. There are now 3 classes with the programme run by Ecuadorian facilitators, often supported by volunteers from the UK, Europe and the USA.  LIAT works hard to fund the facilitators.