The economy of the Antioquia region in Colombia generates income through the cultivation and sale of various products, such as coffee and citrus fruits. Livestock farming is also an important source of income for the six million inhabitants. Due to the great poverty, young people in particular see illegal trade as their only way of securing a livelihood.
In order to offer these youth a meaningful alternative occupation and future prospects, as well as to strengthen the general offering of the agricultural sector, this project provides training in the field of agriculture and animal husbandry. The program combines theoretical and practical studies. The technical training lasts one year and includes, for instance, courses such as “Agricultural Production Techniques” or “Horse Breeding Techniques”. If the training requires learning a new technology, for example, in the field of “Technology of ecological production in agriculture”, the theoretical phase is 18 months and the practical is six months. Particularly for the practical part of the training, the agricultural school “La Sandalia” is constantly trying to expand its collaboration with local companies so that it can offer the students a wide range of technical and technological internship opportunities.