Access to quality higher education is still just a dream for many young Colombians, particularly those living in rural areas. At the IAF, we support community-led approaches to providing educational opportunities for youth, making them less vulnerable to recruitment into criminal activity and enhancing peace and security. Our grantee partner, Cooperativa del Sur del Cauca, is developing a training program on rural community tourism and sustainable agriculture for young Colombians to develop their ability to serve as community leaders and generate economic opportunities in their territories. Project activities will contribute to the consolidation of a vocational training school, Corpocaminos, as an academic institution offering a technical diploma equivalent to an associate degree.
This grant is part of our broader initiative that supports grassroots organizations to build a just and lasting peace in Colombia.