From potential high school dropouts to social entrepreneurs, mentors and future workforce
The aim of the project is to give young people in Pereira/Colombia an alternative to dropping out of school and a perspective for the future. Our partner Iwoka accompanies the young people through a three-stage model for three years and promotes their academic and personal development.
Three-stage model by Iwoka
Through Iwoka’s three-stage model (9th to 11th grade), young people learn about their interests and thus their goals in life. They are accompanied by Iwoka through various modules for personal development and professional orientation. In this way, the educational level in general as well as the perspectives for future professional activity improve, so that they have a motivation to finish school.
At the heart of the methodology is the principle of mentoring: Young people are supported in their education by Iwoka and are trained themselves as mentors for younger children (1st and 2nd grades) of their school. In this way, the young people’s sense of responsibility and awareness of being an important part of society and acting as role models is strengthened.
Our local partner on site
Iwoka was founded in 2018 as a non-profit foundation and is mainly active in and around the city of Pereira. Iwoka’s goal is to reduce the rate of school dropouts in Colombia and to give young people the chance to graduate from school and thus to receive vocational training in the future.