Politecnico Fundacion MIR (School for Girls): founded in 1998 and run in collaboration with the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, provides education for girls from 5th through 12th grades. During the final two years, students receive vocational training in Accounting, Hospitality, Nursing, Culinary arts, Confection & Design and Beauty & Esthetic. Currently over 700 girls are enrolled in the school, which has a graduation rate of 95%. This school plays a crucial role in a country where the likelihood of attending school past fifth grade is less than 40%. Hundreds of young ladies have graduated since the school’s inauguration in 1998.
Politecnico MIR Esperanza (School for Boys): founded in 1998, this school focuses on providing valuable professional information to children and adolescents in an effort to fight against poverty and to stimulate the development of rural areas in the eastern region of the Dominican Republic. A specialized academic curriculum was designed so that opportunities of development are created from 5th through 12th grades. At the present time 300 students are enrolled in the school and have the opportunity to complete Technical Degrees in Refrigeration, Electricity, Mechanical Engineering, Culinary arts, Hospitality and Development of Computer Applications. Our School inhibits the exodus of rural youth to bigger cities; a practice, which creates additional tension to other urban areas, where as the values and the traditions of the bases of the rural communities disappear.
MIR Elementary School: located on the Politecnico MIR Esperanza campus, the MIR Elementary School opened its doors in 2010. This is a co-ed program where children begin in Kindergarten, and graduate in 4th grade. The construction and maintenance of this school is possible thanks to the annual contributions made by Alfonso Fierro and family.
Dental Clinic: Thanks to a generous grant from Rotary Club International and their Rotary Clubs, MIR is now providing dental care to the community in a clinic on its campus. Leading this effort are esteemed dentists from the United States who will also train local dentists to continue their work. This program is being supervised by Dr. James Hudson of New York.
Collaboration with FIU: MIR collaborates with Florida International University (FIU) on multiple levels. First, is our Teacher training Program, where the MIR teachers attend workshops led by FIU professors. The MIR teachers learn the latest and most effective teaching methods, then apply them at the MIR schools. Workshops are held multiple times per year. Our second collaboration with FIU, is the Student Mentoring Program. FIU students organize summer camps, field days, homework help and many other fun educational programs with the MIR children.