The Francisco Morazán International Peasant School, located in the outskirts of Managua, is the central hub of activity for La Via Campesina in Central America. Since 2010, the school has hosted regular trainings and conferences for leaders and representatives of peasant and workers organizations across the region. The school’s 45 training course modules include cooperative organization, agrarian reform, agroecology, indigenous worldview, gender equity, youth equity, and popular communication. All courses are based on principles of popular education and require participation to consist of 60% women. Out of these courses grow countless political leaders and promoters of the La Via Campesina movement.
In addition to facilitating international social movement building, the school coordinates initiatives focused on employment. Through the school, rural workers can receive certifications in coffee, tobacco, rice, and banana production, substantially increasing their negotiation power with local employers. The employment program also trains rural youth in creating value-added products using raw materials from their farms. In a time when many workers (especially youth) are forced to migrate to the city to find work, such programs are crucial in maintaining the resiliency of rural communities.
The Francisco Morazán school also promotes agroecology through its on-site agroecological demonstration garden and medicinal plant garden. Outside of the school grounds, the school staff support a network of local farmers who have interest in agroecological production methods.