Investing in Education
FFC has sponsored the construction of school facilities in the area, including ablution facilities, which many schools do not have. The school is being utilized by several children of our staff and from the community. School attendance in rural settings is typically low as children must choose between attending school and working to support their family.
An 81% attendance rate was noted in 2019, a marked increased from previous years, due primarily to the enrollment of indigenous students from the Morichalito Community. The upgrades to school facilities provided by FFC has improved access to education for children in the region, as prior to the upgrades there were only two schools in the local villages that are situated approximately 90 km apart.
By assisting the local community with their educational infrastructure needs, and alleviating that stress, we have noted improvement in our employee engagement levels.
FFC built a new ablution block at the local school which provided the necessary hygiene and privacy for the children. As a result, the local government is adding classrooms and hostel accommodations.
FFC has educated the local population on better cattle farming and crop cultivation practices, as well as improved treatment of the environment.
Forest First Colombia continually educates the community and its workforce in the forestry industry resulting in significant transferable skills development, including literacy.