Juigalpa, Nicaragua

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  • Average number of years of schooling: 

A natural environment

With an economy historically based on agriculture, further sectors have emerged in recent years, in particular agro-industries, commerce, services and medium-sized companies. Juigalpa’s natural environment offers alternatives for agricultural diversification, tourism, and geological, archaeological and environmental research. 

Vision and Strategy

For us, lifelong learning is essential for building intersectoral and interinstitutional relationships through educational, cultural, innovative, entrepreneurial and participative projects that allow the development of values that are indispensable for life. We want to ensure that education fosters human talent while maintaining a strategic and humanistic vision. As a member of the GNLC, we will prioritise activities related to education for sustainable development, equity and inclusion in education, urban planning and environmental resilience. 

Policies, Plan and Implementation

Sustainability and health

  • Health services in the municipality are based on the Family and Community Health Model first implemented by the central government in 2007. The model adopts a comprehensive, interinstitutional and intersectoral approach, with broad social mobilization that depends primarily on community networks. It complements existing health services by incorporating traditional medicines and promoting self-care and health education. 

Equity and inclusion

  • In line with the National Law on Equal Rights and Opportunities, the city implements entrepreneurship programmes aimed at women, cooperatives and associates, including people with disabilities, youth at risk and older adults. Moreover, an interinstitutional alliance has been set up to provide social programmes for the care and early education of children. 

Decent work and entrepreneurship

  • Policies are developed to enable citizens to ‘learn, undertake, work and prosper’. Field Schools strengthen protagonists’ livestock practices, allowing them to adopt technological and sustainable approaches. In addition, the city has twelve universities, two technical training centres and two municipal trade schools, which create new options for entrepreneurship, sociocultural promotion and creativity.

Good practices

Serranias de Amerrique Geopark

  • An initiative that seeks to promote the municipality’s natural, historical, cultural and geographical resources and thereby foster sustainable and integral development. 

Juigalpa Community Museum 'Maria Ramos'

  • A space that aims to rescue, study and promote community history and culture in order to enrich the memory and identity of the people of Juigalpa. 

Literary Thursdays

  • Events that contribute to the knowledge and promotion of cultural elements integral to the memory of the people of Juigalpa. 

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