ISSN: 1659-2751

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Self Sufficiency Program for the Technical Professional High School in Los Chiles, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Abstract

This document is a guide to be used principally to achieve and strengthen self-sufficiency programs in technical high schools. In this project, the work was conducted with students, teachers and parents of the Technical Professional High School in Los Chiles, Alajuela along with representatives from EARTH University. The collaboration of the high school was achieved by conducting workshops, meetings and presentations with the parents’ association and with the school’s administrators, teachers and students. The implementation of five production areas, poultry, cattle, swine, peri-urban gardens, and orange groves, was proposed as the basis for the project. Available inventory of each production area was evaluated and the information collected was used for the development of a sustainable management plan. The actual and projected expenses and incomes were analyzed in a financial study for each area. With integration of the production areas, the result was a proposal for a self-sufficiency program capable of supplying, to a great extent, the products required by the school. The work stimulated the leadership and organizational skills of the teachers, who were important for the success of the project. The different activities and experiences gained in this project can be important lessons for self-sufficiency programs in other educational centers.

Key words: self-sufficiency program, production areas, technical high schools, integration, leadership, sustainability.

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