We have received several questions recently about Education And More so decided to post the questions and answers here for everyone to read. If you have a question ask it in the comment section below.
What schools have you helped and how have you helped them? We have helped Nuevo Amanecer Christian School, San Antonio Palopo Quince de Septiembre School, San Jorge Rural Mixta, Palestina Rural and Tierra Linda Rural Mixta schools. Projects include furnishing school libraries with Spanish language childrens books, outfitting hundreds of children with needed school supplies, providing teacher resources and supplies to help teachers teach more effectively, purchasing teacher desks and bookshelves for the classrooms, volunteers teaching English in classes and helping with VBS camp.
Is illiteracy really a problem in Guatemala? Don’t all children go to school for at least a few years? Recent official data from the government gives a figure that more than 1 million children do not attend school in Guatemala with the rate of illiteracy of 40% in the rural areas. Many estimates indicate these figures are very low— and this is in a country of 13 million total population! There are many, many children who only attend school for 1-2 years and from this you can see why illiteracy is so high. Add to that the problem that most children in the rural areas speak an indigenous dialect and try to learn Spanish when starting school which make it doubly hard for a child to learn to read and write in just a couple of years of school. Education is compulsory thru 6th grade — but not enforced.
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