In Latin America, more than half the students who start secondary school do not graduate. A variety of situations keep students on the streets and out of the classrooms. The Educational Access Program, or PAE (for its Spanish name Programa de Acceso Educativo), is our innovative proposal to provide more educational opportunities to young people in vulnerable conditions.
Born from a partnership between UWC Costa Rica and LUMNI, PAE was created with the goal of reinforcing UWC Costa Rica's mission to educate regardless of socioeconomic status. At the same time, it seeks to bring students and donors together with an educational institution in a win-win system.
The program's operation depends on two essential values. Only the talent and good faith of students and graduates can guarantee the success of this system.
UWC Costa Rica's aspiration is to offer educational opportunities at UWC Costa Rica to more young people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and to instill an alumni culture of altruism committed to supporting future generations to ensure a self-sustainable model of PAE (Programa de Acceso Educativo).
UWC Costa Rica students, during their academic and integral formation, UWC Costa Rica students commit to a symbolic culture of repayment. They do commit, however, to starting formal repayment when they enter the workforce.