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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

Educar Foundation Supports Science Fairs  »  June 2015

The San Luis, Santa Rita, Juan Arrieta and Quebradas Schools successfully held ​​their own science fairs. Each institution contributed their own resources to organize the fairs, but the foundation provided funding to create an incentive for each participating student and to award the outstanding projects. The foundation also helped form the jury. In all, 84 primary school children participated. More »

Scholarship Students Support Charity Race Again  »  May 2015

Scholarship of Excellence recipients once again supported the Sixth Race of Tambor, which aims to raise funds for the community. The scholarship students helped in the organization and development of the children's race, handing out water, and guiding the runners at intersections. The role of the fellows was very important to the success of this activity. More »

Scholars Collaborate in Cleanup Campaign  »  April 2015

Scholarship of Excellence recipients visited Tambor in Alajuela in order to help the community through a garbage collection campaign. During one morning, they cleaned streets, sewers and drains. They also classified the waste to separate what could be recycled. These students succeeded in collecting 21 bags of garbage. More »

Chess Group Stands Out at Regional Competition  »  March 2015

The Santa Rita School's chess group participated in a regional competition with other schools from Alajuela. Although students have only had a few months to learn this sport, they shone brightly and obtained third place as a team. This group is sponsored by Educar Foundation and led by a physical education teacher at the school. The foundation is supporting initiatives to promote discipline, personal development and healthy recreation for students. More »

Reading Plan at Santa Rita  »  February 2015

Nielcy Atencio, the head librarian at Santa Rita, has initiated a plan to promote their students' literacy. Every day, several groups of students go to the library to have guided reading sessions. The dynamics of the session not only improve the fluidity of their reading skills, but also their level of understanding. The plan has the full support of the school's teachers. The books used for this program, as well as the tables and chairs in the library, were donated by Educar in previous years. More »

Recipients of Educar's Scholarship of Excellence Graduate from High School  »  January 2015

Kendal Cortedano, Khristal Campos and Roy Hidalgo successfully graduated high school. They are students of the Scholarship of Excellence program, graduates of the schools Itiquís, Tuetal Sur and San Luis, respectively. Each graduated with honors, which fills us with pride. Many successes are in their future plans! More »
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