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A school bus full of opportunities for children and youth in El Salvador

July 6, 2016

Carolina Silva, from the department of La Libertad in El Salvador, is a straight-A student. And all she needed to have perfect attendance was the possibility to pay the bus to get to classes. So her school provided her with financial assistance, an stipend aim to help the poorest children, improving their safety, avoiding to walk alone in the streets. This initiative is part of a project to improve access, retention and the percentage of graduate students in secondary education in El Salvador. Since 2012, the project was carried out in 29 municipalities and in 898 schools nationwide. It has also benefited more than 6,000 teachers and 87,000 students. With support from the World Bank, schools are now able to subsidize more hours from teachers, create new modules with focus on grammar, mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology; provide educational materials to implement workshops and invest in school infrastructure, among others. In addition, a transportation subsidy for students in most vulnerable areas is financed. Sometimes that little help to go to school can mean a future full of opportunities.