It's been 8 years since we came to Guatemala. We have seen first-hand how people in the highlands are so eager for an opportunity to get an education. Most young people from San Mateo who attend university do so by traveling to Huehuetenango, the department capital, on Saturdays, leaving their community at 3 in the morning in order to arrive by their first class at 8 a.m. After their last class ends at 5 p.m. they travel back to their communities, arriving home around midnight.
This is a common scenario for the fortunate ones who have been able to finish high school. In 2005, the Ixtatan Foundation created the first ever high school in the San Mateo region, the Seeds of Wisdom School, and has graduated over 500 high school students since then. In 2012, the Foundation implemented Project Based Learning at the school, a methodology in which students learn course content in a contextualized, integrated manner and develop life skills that prepare them to tackle real world problems.
The Ixtatán Foundation provides training for teachers in San Mateo Ixtatán in various aspects at the request of the local teachers. This campaign is to support the Seeds of Wisdom School and its 18 teachers in curriculum development and classroom techniques that will help 285 indigenous students finish high school strong. Our budget breaks down as follows:
Project Based Learning Annual Budget for 18 teachers
15 curriculum training workshops
Workshop evaluation and curriculum guide
Open house event and teacher award
Program coordinator and teachers' supplement salary
Just a small donation will go a long way to helping us meet our goal for the Ixtatan Foundation. Thank you for supporting education in rural Guatemala!