One Year in Mission: HATS Hagaz Agro-Technical School, Hagaz Anseba, Eritrea
The Hagaz Agro Technical School (HATS) has been constructed in response to a government request to the De La Salle Brothers to bring education to areas with increasing jihadist activities. HATS was conceived to bring together students from a variety of cultural and religious groups within Eritrea. Shaping students by having them work together alongside diverse cultures, the school is not only focused on providing quality education and facilitating opportunities for employment, but also promoting peace between diverse cultural groups. From its conception, the school was designed to have an equal number of boys and girls. All 200 students live on campus where they study agriculture, animal husbandry, and food processing. The HATS farm produces cheese, yogurt, wine and vegetables which help provide food for students. Products are also sold in markets throughout the country ensuring sustainability. The income earned provides the school with the resources it needs to maintain free tuition for its students.