The Plan of Operations was signed with the new Nicaraguan authorities on 16 February 2007 and the project is foreseen to end in September 2009. 

The project operates in the districts of Chinandega, Managua and Matagalpa (selected for their high rate of violence) within the framework of the Citizen Security Program (PSC), and is supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The main target group is the 10,000 young people who live in these districts.

The project has 4 components:

  • Component 1: Development of capacities of teachers, youth counselors and school directors to improve communication with youth;
  • Component 2: Promotion of youth creativity and entrepreneurial capacities;
  • Component 3: Promotion of a more balanced perception of youth in the media;
  • Component 4: Development of research to support policy-making related to youth.

The main activities of the project are:

  1. Workshops on “Youth Cultural Expressions” have taken place since August 2008 with the objective of providing youth with tools to develop theatre and other cultural expressions.
  2. Since May 2008, training workshops were carried out with school counsellors and families to provide them with communication tools in order to establish more efficient dialogue with adolescents and youth.
  3. The study “Perception of Youth on their Economical, Political, Social and Cultural Context, in the Municipalities of Chinandega, Managua and Matagalpa – An overview on its present and future” was undertaken by the Institute of Nicaraguan Studies (IEN).
  4. Youth Sports Leagues were organized comprised of youths from Chinandega, Managua and Matagalpa.
  5. A communication campaign was established to build a better image of the youth within society. A documentary on the topic will be created for media broadcast.


Project Title:

Youth Development and Prevention of Violence in Nicaragua

Institution in charge:

UNESCO Office in San José, Costa Rica, in cooperation with the National Secretary of Youth Affairs and the Ministry of Education, and with the participation of the Ministry of Family and other Governmental Institutions and NGOs.

UNESCO Sector:
Inter-sectoral Working Group (Education, Culture, Communication and Information, Social and Human Sciences)

USD$200.126 Japanese Fund In Trust (JFIT)

Implementation period:
March 2007 – April 2009

Project Officer:
Teresita Escotto-Quesada (UNESCO San José)

National Coordinator:
César Castañada

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