For the benefit of 55,401 Salvadoran students, implementation of the CABEI-financed "My New School Program" gets underway


• With the support of the multilateral, 50 schools began to be rehabilitated in departments with a high Multidimensional Poverty Index in El Salvador.

San Salvador, January 26th , 2023 - In orderto strengthen education in El Salvador and reduce the dropout rate in departments with high Multidimensional Poverty Index through the reconstruction and remodeling of student infrastructure, the Government of El Salvador (GOES) recently gave the order to rehabilitate the first 50 of 186 schools under the "My New School Program" financed by the Central American Development Bank (CABEI) for the benefit of 55,401 students in kindergarten, elementary, middle school and high school.

The projects will be executed thanks to a first disbursement of US$28.7 million of the US$200 billion approved by the multilateral to positively impact the education of children and youth in 10 departments, mostly concentrated in La Libertad (19.3%), Santa Ana (17.2%) and Sonsonate (13.4%).

"My New School is a comprehensive program that reinforces CABEI's commitment to promoting the economic and social development of our member countries. This initiative also uses the Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Methodology (CPTED), which seeks to generate safer spaces by managing environmental conditions and providing children and young people with well-maintained, well-equipped and well-lit spaces," said CABEI Executive President, Dr. Dante Mossi.

The impact of this program is significant and strategic for education in El Salvador, as it has a special emphasis on developing young people's skills to increase their employability in better-paying sectors and help reduce the wage gap. The approved funding comes from CABEI's Program for the Reduction of Poverty and Economic and Social Exclusion (PRPEES).