Currently, Jubilee is focused on education, offering at-risk kids the opportunity to meet Christ and receive a transformative education. Jubilee Christian School works in La Era, a poor community in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
The school started in February of 2010 with 80 Pre-K/Kindergarteners. This year, 2016, we have over 250 students from PreK – 6th grade. Lord willing, we will add one grade level each year with the goal of graduating our students from high school.
We realize that education alone is not the only way to foster sustainable change in poor communities, but it is a very important piece of the puzzle. It is an integral part of holistic development, especially when the education is focused on the poor. The Honduran middle and upper classes (30% of society) have the luxury of choosing from the many different private schools (Christian, bilingual or both) within Honduras, but the highest quality education is not accessible to the poor which comprise the vast majority of the population. Recently, a study reported that the Honduran public education system is 100 years behind the education system of Costa Rica and Panama. How many more years is it behind wealthier and more industrialized regions like Japan, Korea, Western Europe and North America? JCI believes that if quality education is continuously denied to the poor, the cycles of poverty and the social structures of injustice will only increase at an ever quickening rate.
Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, in his book Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970), describes education as a practice of liberation for students, particularly the poor and oppressed who are often submerged in a “culture of silence.” Education, as Freire (1970) explains, must teach and allow students to learn to be actors and transformers of their own societies and realities. He believes that for education to truly function properly in a society it must allow the students to reflect, to think critically, and to be able to act upon their own world (Friere, 1970).
Quality education is one of the most important ways to raise the quality of life for the poor and to create avenues that will help people raise themselves out of poverty. Additionally, access to quality education also helps in the development of a greater civil society with active democratic participation.
When a school creates the space for students to think creatively and reflect upon their experiences and their reality, its students, no matter how poor or oppressed they are, will begin to be empowered and to realize that they can make a difference in their own societies and communities. They will become empowered and realize that they can be agents of transformation. In this way, education is a foundational and transformational way for a society to grow and flourish, creating spaces for even the poorest members to participate and act.
It is a well known fact that how well the education system runs in a country is one of the clearest indicators of the quality of life for its individuals, families, and for the entire country, both now, and in the future.