On the map above you can find eight year old Jacqueline, who lives in a village called Puentecitos in El Salvador. This is in the west of the country, near the border with Guatemala. The landscape is beautiful, with steep hillsides and lots of volcanoes. Jacqueline is one of four children – as seen above – who feature in CAFOD’s new education pack for primary schools.
From September thousands of schools will be teaching a new Geography curriculum, with the new core requirement that all children learn about countries in North, Central and South America. CAFOD’s new pack will introduce children to El Salvador, a country in Central America where CAFOD has worked with partners for many years, supporting communities build a better life for themselves.
El Salvador suffered a violent civil war from 1980-1992, with inequality between the rich and the poor being one of the root causes. Although El Salvador is a more democratic country today, there are still serious problems of violence and inequality, along with the ongoing threat of earthquakes and hurricanes. CAFOD has been working in El Salvador since the 1970s, through peace projects and supporting communities reduce the risk of disasters. It’s these aspects of CAFOD’s work in El Salvador that the new education pack focuses on, exploring these geographical topics through the lives and local environments of four children living there.