EL SALVADOR: Students build cutting-edge technology skills
Santa Cecilia Salesian College inaugurates Chaleco TV audiovisual studio
(MissionNewswire) As part of the 125-year celebration of Salesian missionaries working in Central America, Santa Cecilia Salesian College, located in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, inaugurated the Chaleco TV audiovisual studio. The project consists of two audiovisual studios equipped with cutting-edge technology that enables students to expand their theoretical and practical knowledge.
With a focus on remote learning, the studio will also become a resource for college teachers to provide virtual lessons for students during times when in-classroom learning is not available. In a speech at the inauguration event, Father Rodolfo Guzmán, rector of the school, underlined the importance of creating spaces and tools to promote education.
“This new audiovisual studio is a great example of Salesians teaching youth skills in the classroom that they are able to use in real-world environments,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “Salesian missionaries working in El Salvador focus their efforts on providing education and social programs to poor and at-risk youth. At Salesian schools, universities and youth centers throughout the country, youth can access an education as well as the skills and resources necessary to find stable employment and improve their standard of living.”
Salesian technical schools in El Salvador cater to students who have dropped out of school and are seeking a second chance. In many programs, students complete their education while engaging in internships with local employers. This increases the students’ hands-on work experience and chance of gaining livable wage employment after their studies are completed.
Close to 22 percent of El Salvador’s population lives in poverty, according to the World Bank. Youth in El Salvador are confronted not only with poverty but with instability, high levels of violence and inadequate access to educational opportunities. Despite ranking high for economic indicators, the need for practical education in El Salvador is more important than ever with 12 percent of youth ages 15-24 unemployed and 41 percent underemployed.
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