For Fundación A. Jean Brugger it is very important to strengthen communication and the sense of co-responsibility with the parents of scholarship students, via regular conversations about the responsibilities and obligations of both parties. The Fundación staff convened a parents’ meeting on August 17, with the main purpose of discussing with the parents the impact the closing of the universities, due to the socio-political crisis in Nicaragua, has had on their children’s scholarships. Alvaro Novoa, the director of Social Programs, told parents that although university classes are suspended for the majority of students, and funds are not being disbursed, the scholarships remain active for when classes resume, either this year or the next. Mr. Novoa also told the parents that the Fundación continues to engage the students with the community service projects. In addition, a special program has been created and implemented to give the students another way to use this time productively.
This includes a 4-month intensive English course in which 28 students are participating in two levels, beginner and intermediate. The students include 22 of our current scholarship recipients, 3 former scholarship holders, and 3 young people of the community whose universities are closed. Other special programs are being developed, including seminars on entrepreneurship and job-seeking skills. Mr. Novoa asked the parents to support and encourage their children to participate in these educational programs of personal and professional growth, to take advantage of the time available because of the suspension of clases.
The Fundación is making these additional investments for the benefit of the scholarship students thanks to the collaboration and / or donation of many friends and sponsors of Fundación A. Jean Brugger
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