Education
Creating decent schools and training teachers to help children attain increasingly solid educational foundations.
Local public schools lack the infrastructure required to offer decent educational environments.
In Guatemala, the educational system’s coverage registers a deficit of 42.9% in middle school and 45.1% in elementary school; in some departments the deficit reaches 70%.
Many schools lack access to basic services such as water, electricity, restrooms for students and teachers, or furniture such as blackboards and desks.
We closely monitor the 19 schools that serve students in the 24 communities we work with.
We have carried out a diagnostic study that allows us to design the most effective proposals, prioritizing areas that require immediate attention, such as infrastructure, furniture, equipment and access to basic services.
We develop programs that seek to strengthen the academic level of schools and the educational capacities of teachers, and we promote a training program in environmental sustainability.
We are convinced that our programs will strengthen education in the communities where we operate.

Programs

 
We’ve developed a system of indicators that allows us to obtain updates on the conditions of the 19 schools we serve, helping us identify the most urgent needs to focus our efforts on each year as we strive to keep the schools at the highest possible levels.
The information we’ve collected since 2013 shows that both infrastructure and furniture are in poor condition, which negatively impacts the quality of education received by children and youth in the area. Through these indicators it has also become clear that five communities in the area lack schools ⁠— their students must walk to a neighboring community to receive classes.


Our achievements:
We’ve benefited 2,200 students
We’ve trained 68 teachers
We’ve improved 10 schools with desks and blackboards
We’ve built 3 new schools
Furthermore, wood-saving stoves have been installed for the preparation of breakfast and school snacks in the 19 schools.
Another priority is access to health services, which is lacking in many schools and limited in others. We’ve installed compost latrines in some of these educational centers, improving conditions for more than 2,145 students.
Additionally, according to data from our most recent diagnostic study, there are 10 local schools that lack access to water. In collaboration with the German Embassy and with the support of the communities, we will install rainwater collection systems in these schools throughout 2019.
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Mathematics is among the most important skills when it comes to exercising our reasoning skills and promoting intellectual development.
For that reason, and thanks to the support of the American organization Teachers2Teachers Global, we began a teacher-training program for the 19 schools we work with. Through this program, teachers have been learning different techniques to teach math in engaging ways.
60 teachers have been trained through this program, benefiting more than 4,600 students who are already learning math through more effective methodologies.
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Our actions have consequences on our natural environment.
Because the world's population is already beginning to suffer the consequences of climate change, we need to promote environmental sustainability education at all levels.

To do this, we annually provide educational materials to teachers and fourth-grade students in 22 schools in Senahú, teaching them about the importance of caring for our environment and using sustainable energy sources. This material also complements their in-class lessons, helping them approach the topic of environmentalism as included in the Ministry of Education’s National Core Curriculum.
These materials are developed by the Association of Renewable Energy Generators (AGER) and are backed by the Ministry of Education.
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Explore our other focus areas

 
Health
Focus on primary care
Economic Development
Programs that activate the local economy
Comunity Development
Support to improve community management
 
Health
Focus on primary care
 
Economic Development
Programs that activate the local economy
 
Comunity Development
Support to improve community management