Why Was APEEDEC Created?
As we enter a new age of globalization, it might come as a surprise to many that there are still places in the world where education, even at the elementary level is a luxury rather than a necessity. There are millions of children who do not have access to the most rudimentary elementary education. And even in areas where facilities exist, children as young as five or six must walk many hours to school every day. Many schools in developing countries lack necessities such as books, pens, pencils, and in some cases lavatory facilities. Teachers’ salaries can be woefully small, making it necessary for many to seek other means to supplement their meager salaries.
APEEDEC does not pretend to be able to address or solve all of these problems. What we wish to accomplish however, is to offer assistance to some of these rural areas. We will work with the local authorities to determine their needs and try to provide resources to meet them. Education is powerful and can change lives and transform impoverished communities.
APEEDEC provides assistance for:
- Building new schools.
- Renovation of existing schools.
- Donation of educational aids such as books, school supplies, computers, globes, blackboards.
- Facilities improvements in items such as: classroom furniture, libraries, water supply, and latrines.
- Cash awards for outstanding teachers.