Columbia (Pereira)

In Columbia, Pereira, Inter-Cultur is supporting the work of a local non-profit organization IWOKA. Through the project, hundreds of disadvantaged children benefit from the support and guidance IWOKA is offering regarding their education and future careers. The project combines elements of peer support, mentoring and help regarding school.

The central focus of the project is to resolve societal problems faced by the students. This is accomplished by training the student in secondary schools who, in turn, help the 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders with their education. This also decrease the number of student who would otherwise drop out of school. Every secondary school student has a group of 3-4 younger students to tutor. In addition to helping them with school, the tutors focus on topics such us friendship and respect.

The 9th and 10th graders taking part in the project have been carefully selected so, that they can become role models for the younger students. Still, many of the tutors come from disadvantageous backgrounds with family violence, drugs and local gangs. This is also true when looking at the background of the younger beneficiaries. One way to battle these problems is the continuation of education which this project aims. Together the 900 beneficiaries are build an atmosphere that decreases violence and fosters a culture of solidarity. Thanks to the project, the school performances has gotten better, the sexual harassment and bullying has been decreasing and the relationship between students and the staff have gotten better.

The results and effectiveness of the project is accessed by Swissocial, who has been praising the project for its vision and ability to find the solution to a big social program within the focus group.

  • Where:
    • Columbia (Pereira)
  • When:
    • 2020 –
  • What:
    • Training for the students in secondary school who, in turn, tutor the younger student in elementary school
  • Beneficiaries:
    • To students coming from poor conditions
  • Local partner:
    • Iwoka
  • Budjet:
    • 130 000€
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