Francisco Morazán, Honduras – Zamorano University has launched a distance education initiative that will increase its capacity to serve students, agriculture, and rural communities in Mexico, Haiti, and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
“The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated adoption of distance education at Zamorano and worldwide,” remarked Zamorano President Jeff Lansdale. “This initiative will enable us to build on that momentum to better serve current students and outreach participants, and to deliver training in sustainable agriculture, agro-business, environmental resource management and nutrition to exponentially more people across the region.”
This work will be enabled by state-of-the-art technology and technical support funded by a $200,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan. This new capacity, located in Zamorano’s W.K. Kellogg Training Center, will further extend the high-impact outreach programs for which the Center was established.
“Thanks to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s investment and the expertise of our faculty and partners, people across Latin America will have access to modern education and training classes to which they have limited access today,” said Lansdale. “Enhanced university education will reach more disadvantaged youth and develop the leaders and entrepreneurs we need. More children will have a strong foundation in science. Entrepreneurship and agricultural training for more women will reduce gender inequality and enhance community development.
“Ultimately, this new technology will substantially leverage Zamorano’s work to develop transformational leaders who will create new jobs, new opportunities, and improved quality of life in communities throughout Mexico, Haiti and Latin America.”
Zamorano is an international university that develops leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean through programs characterized by academic excellence, Learning by Doing and values and character development, with the goal of contributing to socio-economic progress in the region. Zamorano is recognized for the quality and impact of its graduates, education, applied research and outreach on the development of sustainable agriculture, agro industries and natural resources. For more information, visit www.zamorano.edu.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special attention is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.
About the W.K. Kellogg Training Center at Zamorano
A cornerstone of the partnership between the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Zamorano University, the Center has served over 490,000 outreach trainees since its dedication in 1988.