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Our mission is to provide the poorest children of Costa Rica with schools, resources and ongoing support to ensure they have the best opportunity for a middle-class education.

How We Achieve School Improvement  »

In each institution a clean, orderly and visually attractive environment has been established, with sufficient classrooms, covered recreational zones and green areas. Classrooms, gymnasiums and other facilities have been constructed. Retaining and protective walls have been built to provide a safe environment for the children.  See before and after photos  »

Scholarships of Excellence for Serious Students
Students attend a private high school with all expenses paid. These are pupils who have graduated with the best grades from primary schools supported by the foundation.  Learn more about our scholarships of excellence  »

Educational Support Fund
Resources have been provided to enable socially-disadvantaged students to remain in school by providing them with uniforms, shoes, transportation, meals, and school materials. In addition, we have sponsored sports, arts and academic programs developed by teachers.

Advancement of Technology
Multimedia Resource Centers and Computer Laboratories have been created and equipped with the aim of allowing teachers and pupils access to the learning possibilities that technology offers. Along with the Computer Lab, a curricular program integrating Information Technology with academic subjects.

Educational Field Trip Plan
The children have their first opportunities to visit museums, industries, and nature, geological and zoological parks.

Camps Promoting Spiritual Values
Students can attend two-day camps where, through games and time dedicated to reflection, they have been helped to think about their spirituality.

Classes in Ethics
Scholarship students receive monthly courses designed to give them the tools necessary to develop an internal code of ethics. This course lasts the full five years of secondary education and is taught by our Executive Director, Gustavo Vega.
Educar News

Volunteer Activities at Santa Fe  »  September 2016

Students from the Scholarships of Excellence spent one Sunday carrying out various improvements at the Santa Fe School. They painted and decorated various worn-out cupboards and desks, pruned bushes, collected garbage, painted the entrance handrails and cleaned the stained floor of a classroom. We congratulate them for their excellent work.

Spelling Bee   »  August 2016

For the sixth consecutive year, Educar Foundation and the Alajuela Rotary Club organized the regional spelling bee. This year, 20 schools took part by holding internal competitions to select a representative for the finals. The Quebradas, San Luis and Juan Arrieta Schools stood out, achieving first, second and third place respectively. We congratulate the winning students and their teachers and are very proud or their achievements.

Santa Fe Teams Participate in Sports Competitions for the First Time  »  July 2016

Santa Fe School has no physical education teacher due to not having a gymnasium or sufficient space to practice sports. For this reason, its pupils are not given physical education lessons and nor do they participate in their school district’s sports activities. But this year, a group of teachers, with Educar Foundation’s support, decided to create student football teams, despite these limitations. The teachers volunteered their time to train the boys and girls as best they could. And the boys’ and girls’ teams surpassed expectations to end up winning in their school districts despite never having participated in a competition before. We extend our congratulations to these pupils for their efforts and to the staff of Santa Fe for the dedication they have shown towards their students.

Pilot focus on Academic Achievement   »  June 2016

Educar Foundation is developing a plan aiming to improve student's learning experience. A Pilot is running in Santa Fe, Santa Rita and San Luis schools, were an important part of it, is the participation of the parents of the students involved. A series of different strategies are used towards that participation and they are joined by actions looking to support students with special cognitive needs.

Volunteering in Action  »  May 2016

The scholarship holders did play a prominent role supporting a charity race in Tambor community. As volunteers they delivered to the roles assigned to them. As in previous year, they received the recognition and thanks of the race committee on their disciplines and collaboration.

Santa Rita's Students improve their Chess Game   »  April 2016

Santa Rita's Chess Team had improves its performance as this year classified to the Inter-School competition held in San Ramon city. The Chess Team is sponsored by the teacher Oscar Suarez and the Foundation. In addition to the progress in this sport, the program had helped to improve the behavior and focus of the participating students in the classroom.

Fundación Educar Butterfly Logo Fundación Educar is a unique project as it does not simply consist of donating money, but rather a continual process of supporting schools through structured programs, such as our Scholarships of Excellence and Educational Support Fund.


What We've Accomplished


Transportation Students provided with uniforms, shoes, 
 books, school materials, transportation, 
 meals, eyeglasses, and psychological, 
 neurological, linguistic and auditory 


Field trips Students have participated in educational 
 field trips 


Spiritual camps Students have participated in spiritual  


Teachers  Teachers qualified in courses recognized by 
 the Civil Service 


Desks  Desks donated 


Programs  Pedagogical, agricultural, scientific, athletic 
 or behavioral projects developed 


Classrooms Classrooms built, repaired or reconstructed 


Infrastructure Various projects of infrastructure 
 improvements such as creation of green 
 areas, electric wiring changes or 
 construction of walls 


Scholarships Students received full scholarships to private 
 high schools 


Ethics Students participate in an ethics course 
 every month for five years 


Gymnasiums Metallic structures and coverings for 
 gymnasiums built 


Multimedia Multimedia resource centers built and 


Computer lab Computer lab built and equipped 


Technology Integrated technology program developed