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In Guatemala, where 59% of the population lives below the poverty line, socioeconomic status is one of the biggest barriers to accessing quality education (World Bank 2018).
The average length of schooling for a Guatemalan child is only four years and 24% of the population is illiterate (US Aid 2014; World Bank 2014). This is one of the highest illiteracy rates in the Western Hemisphere.
Pencils of Promise works with 190 communities in Guatemala to ensure students overcome these, and other, barriers to accessing quality education. Currently, PoP is impacting over 38,000 students in Guatemala.
The region of Quiché, located northeast of PoP’s headquarters in Xela, is a mountainous and volcanic region in northwestern Guatemala.
To date, we’ve built over 105 schools in the region, providing quality infrastructure to ensure a safe and engaging learning environment.
Paraje Pasoc-Siguan Cantón Poxlajuj
The 3,000 members of the Paraje Pasoc-Siguan Cantón Poxlajuj community are very friendly and love working together. Paraje Pasoc-Siguan Cantón Poxlajuj currently serves 119 students, spread throughout 6 grades.
The Schaeffer Family’s Impact in Paraje Pasoc-Siguan Cantón Poxlajuj
At PoP, we strive toward a world in which every child can experience and benefit from quality education. Currently, in Paraje Pasoc-Siguan Cantón Poxlajuj, students are learning in a structurally unsound building.
We believe that a quality learning environment is critical to increasing student attendance, engagement and overall literacy outcomes.
In the current structure students are easily distracted, and overcrowded, often forcing grades to into improvised classrooms made of block. Some students even receive classes in a space that is used as a kitchen. These conditions clearly pose a hazard to student safety and well-being, as well as to engagement and learning.
A school build is only the start of a transformative education experience, and we are excited to get going. We expect to break ground in early October 2019 and complete the structure in January of the following year.
In the coming months, PoP will be partnering with the Paraje Pasoc-Siguan Cantón Poxlajuj community to build a new six-unit classroom block! The community is devoted to providing a valuable education to its students, and will contribute 20 percent of the resources and labor required for construction.
We establish partnerships with communities who are deeply committed to their children’s education. The support of the Paraje Pasoc-Siguan Cantón Poxlajujcommunity ensures the sustainability of the school that it will remain a quality learning environment for generations to come.
Upon completion we will come together to inaugurate the new school and celebrate the extraordinary learning that will take place there!