HATS, Hagaz Agro-Technical School

Hagaz, Anseba, Eritrea.

The De La Salle Brothers have constructed the Hagaz Agro Technical School (HATS) school in response to a government request to bring education to areas with increasing jihadist activities. HATS was conceived to bring together students from all of the various cultural and religious groups within Eritrea. Shaping students by having them work together alongside diverse cultures, the school is not only concerned with providing quality education and facilitating opportunities for employment; but is also a promoter of peace between diverse cultural groups. From its conception, the school was designed to have an equal number of men and women. All the 200 students live on campus. The HATS farm produces cheese, yogurt, wine and vegetables which contribute to the school food self-sufficiency and are 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. The school also produces quintals of prickly pear jam which is distributed to a network of clinics and kindergartens to fight malnutrition, which is still a plague in many areas of Eritrea.