In 2016 we launched a “Vacation School” which primary school children attended three afternoons a week to work on their reading and math skills. Guatemala’s public educational system in the rural areas is atrocious, and children completing 6th grade still have not necessarily acquired any competency in reading or math. There was enormous interest in the program.
In 2017 we followed up with an afterschool tutoring program. We hired three teachers to spend two hours each afternoon helping primary school children with their homework and general skills. There has been great interest in the program!
The program was located in space within our Internet Center until 2020. The arrival of COVID19 closed the program down.
COVID19 impacted Cajola during August and September of 2020, and we decided to re launch this successful program, but based out of each teacher's home and maintaining social distancing and wearing masks.
As we begin 2021 we have rented a space in a nearby home (the owner is in the USA). It provides ample space for social distancing. The parents understand the benefits of our program and there is a waiting list! From helping with homework we have changed our work to include development of basic reading and math skills. We have seven teachers in 2021. Each works with about 9 students each day for 2 hours. Marina Diaz, our coordinator, works with the teachers as well in improving their teaching skills.
Helping With Homework & Vacation School
educational engagement in the library