The Pearl Lagoon Academy of Excellence (PLACE)

01 November 2011

The Pearl Lagoon Academy of Excellence (PLACE) is FADCANIC´s model for community-based schooling for pre-school, primary and secondary levels in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region of Nicaragua.

The school was founded in 2003 to serve boys and girls in the greater Pearl Lagoon watershed. Reflecting the ethnic composition of the communities in the area, PLACE´s student population comprises Afro-descendant (Creoles and Garifuna who make up 90% of enrollment), Miskito and Mestizo children and youth.

PLACE believes that education is a right for all and does not discriminate against children with special needs.
English is the language of instruction at all academic levels. Spanish is the required subject of study throughout the system and English-Spanish bilingualism is a major curricular objective.

Sound primary and reproductive and environmental health education, as well as gender equity and non-violence are transversal curricular components enhanced by ongoing and close collaboration with all government and non-government services and initiatives in the community.

In addition, the school provides at all grade levels a variety of curricular and extra-curricular activities that include sports, music, dance, education, religious education, academic enrichment and community service.

To find out how you can support the school, please contact FADCANIC´s Education Coordinator Hazel Wilson Nash - 


Download the school´s brochure in the attachment.


Pearl Lagoon Academy of Excellence.pdf1.91 MB