Cardinal Rodriguez Institute
Statistics show that only 40% of youth in Honduras are educated beyond the sixth grade. In a country where the median age is 19, Honduran youth lack the skills to compete in a global environment that requires an educated and flexible workforce.
To meet this need, the Cardinal Rodriguez Institute was founded as a private Catholic educational institution committed to improving the quality of secondary education for youth in the department of Olancho. We serve students at both the junior high and high school levels.
The Institute offers two different educational tracks for high school students: a two-year academic track in arts and science and a three-year track with an additional emphasis on technical skills. Both programs are designed to prepare students to succeed not only in the professional work force, but also in their pursuit of higher education.
Entrance exam results suggest that our students begin classes with a sufficient understanding of background material but still require further development of analytical reasoning skills. This is especially apparent in the areas of math, language and social sciences. We therefore emphasize these three areas of study. We stay in contact with many recent graduates, and the feedback has been very promising.
As an institution concerned with the quality of education, we also want to foster a creative learning environment. In order to give our students a better-rounded education, we encourage students to explore their interests and develop their talents through extra-curricular activities such as: (1) science fairs; (2) drawing classes; (3) music classes; (4) public speaking competitions; (5) environment programs; (6) outreach programs for the care of the eldery and disabled; and (7) spiritual retreats.
Unique to Cardinal Rodriguez is a constant dialogue between science and faith, and an emphasis on moral, spiritual and civic values. We aim to provide an education that promotes leadership in our students, so that young people can make a positive contribution to the development of Olancho. A large part of this commitment to development is found in the Institutes graduation requirements, which include social projects and service learning components that extend beyond the classroom and into Olancho's communities.