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Nicaragua – New study opportunities for young people

26 June 2019

(ANS - Managua) - The "Pbro Salvador Cafarelli SDB Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Laboratory-School" of Managua has just been inaugurated in these past few days, a workshop financed by Swiss Cooperation in Central America and realized in collaboration with the Don Bosco Youth Center and "Casa Pellas", an important Nicaraguan company active in the resale and rental of vehicles.

The school-laboratory can count on all the elements necessary for a theoretical-practical quality learning environment: from curricular development with technical assistance from the Yamaha brand to cutting-edge equipment and materials.

For Swiss Cooperation, education is fundamental for the growth of developing countries; for this reason it has been investing in Nicaragua for over 10 years, supporting vocational training and technical education.

As part of its Employment Skills Development Program, implemented by Swisscontact, it contributes to reducing poverty and vulnerability of Nicaraguan youth through training courses that correspond to current market needs.

The young people participating in this course have the opportunity to develop their technical skills in repairing and maintaining motorcycles, as well as entering the world of work, as employed mechanics or starting their own motorcycle repair shop.

As part of this joint commitment, "Casa Pellas", strengthened by its experience, has taken on the commitment to support the laboratory-school with equipment and tools and through the improvement of the technical skills of motorcycle mechanics teachers - who will be duly formed in Japan by Yamaha. In this way, the young people coming out of the “Pbro Salvador Cafarelli SDB center” will obtain certified, up-to-date, quality formation.

The program also includes a free online course on motorcycle road safety - a value shared by Casa Pellas, Don Bosco Youth Center and Swiss Cooperation; therefore the young students of the laboratory-school will be able to obtain a double certification, as motorcycle mechanics and road safety professionals.

For the Don Bosco Youth Center, these technical courses allow young people to learn specialized skills and thus achieve means to live honestly. For this reason the Salesians in Managua invite all young Nicaraguans to visit their center to learn more about these vocational training opportunities, and are pleased to inform that scholarships covering up to 90% of the total course costs are available.

This is only the first of ten workshops that will be set up or adapted, under this program, in various Vocational Training Centers throughout Nicaragua.

By F. Cardoza – G. Arévalo

Source: La Jornada

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