Skills For Life Programme
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.