In Columbia, as in the rest of the American continent, both formal and informal education is severely lacking. A good-quality education does not reach the poorest populations or the most marginalised sectors, making people more vulnerable to turning to drug addiction, crime and prostitution as a means to survive. This is why we have started this initiative, providing these people with the opportunity to spend their free time doing something good and healthy, giving them a chance to improve their lives and find work.
The arts and vocational training school offers free courses in: visual arts, music, literature, theatre and dance.
There is a team of nine teachers, each of whom are professionals in their field: one sociologist, two theatre directors, two dance teachers, two visual arts teachers, one literature teacher and one music teacher.
Three of the team are companions at Emmaus Pereira, while the rest are volunteers and former pupils of the school.
This initiative provides training for between 150 and 200 students each year. Capacity at the school itself is limited to 60 students; the rest of the students are trained “at source” – teachers travel to neighbourhoods and community halls where they give classes.
This project began in 2005. Many former pupils now work in companies and public and private schools, teaching classes based on the training that they received in our school. They are our best means to enter into the most underprivileged and needy sectors to find new pupils.
To continue growing and providing this service within the community.
Emmaus Pereira’s arts training school plays an important role within the city of Pereira and has extended its work into the surrounding neighbourhoods. We hope that this initiative will continue for many years to come, and that in a not-too-distant future it will meet the needs of everybody in the Risaralda region.
As you can see, through this project Emmaus Pereira is helping good causes within the country and providing hope to those who need it most.
We hope we can continue to count on your valuable support in order to persevere with this social project, in which Emmaus International plays an important role.
A lack of any means of transport to get students to the school itself. This initiative, created in 2005, now has its own identity – 11 years of hard work have created an important and ever-expanding place for the school within the city.