Our schools

While primary school is technically free and compulsory in Guatemala, the reality is that the government spends less than 3% on education. As a result, the majority of public schools are overcrowded and lack proper resources. What’s more, families are expected to pay for their children’s uniforms and school supplies, a prohibitive expense for many Guatemalans as more than half the population lives below the poverty line. As a result, only four out of ten children who enter the Guatemalan school system graduate from primary school, one of the lowest completion rates in the Western hemisphere. Additionally, Guatemala’s high school graduation rate is less than 20%.

Our teachers focus on experiential, student-centred learning. Their methodology is designed to foster a capacity for independent thought, social responsibility, and a passion for learning among our students.

Nuestro Futuro

The first school, Nuestro Futuro, is located in Ciudad Vieja and opened its doors in 2009. It has been certified by the Guatemalan Department of Education and follows the national curriculum to ensure that students receive a valid diploma upon graduation. Today, NF provides education to students in pre-K through sixth grade.

El Porvenir

El Porvenir was inaugurated in 2012. Located in the rural community of San Lorenzo el Cubo, it teaches students in pre-K, through sixth grade. Every year the school grows as we welcome another grade. As of 2017 the school is now operating at full capacity.

Básico

Construction began on our Básico in 2014 to accommodate our first graduates from Nuestro Futuro. It opened its doors in 2015 and provides middle-school education to the graduates of both our elementary schools.

Educational Programs

English
All of our grades receive English classes. Given the strength of the tourism industry in Guatemala, even a basic grasp of English can dramatically improve a student’s chances of finding a job once he or she graduates from our program.

Kaqchikel
Students receive Kaqchikel (a local Mayan language) classes as part of their curriculum to reinforce a sense of Guatemalan culture and to maintain a connection with the Mayan community.

Aflatoun: Child Social and Financial Program
‘Aflatoun International offers social and financial education to children and young people around the world through its curriculum Aflatot, Aflatoun and Aflateen, empowering them to contribute to a more equitable future.

www.aflatoun.org

Computer Literacy
Our students receive computer classes from kindergarten. Like our English program, this helps to ensure that they are valuable candidates for jobs in the future.

Refuerzo
After normal hours, our teachers provide extra help to students who have fallen behind in math, reading, or writing. Known as refuerzo, or reinforcement, this takes place from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM several days a week and makes an enormous difference in the students’ confidence and therefore their academic performance.

We welcome volunteers with advanced Spanish to participate in this part of the program and provide crucial one-on-one support to our students.

Expresión Artistica
Each class participates in Expresión Artística once a week between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. This program is designed to let children express themselves through art, music, and sport. A further goal is to keep them off the streets and away from negative influences.

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