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!
In 2018 we have had to hire a fourth teacher and cut off enrollment at 48 students. One parent even wanted to enroll their child at our afterschool program instead of public school!
educational engagement in the library