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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 Paxán, Aldea Chuacorral Tres
The over 450 members of the community work in agriculture, primarily cultivating corn, beans and other vegetables. The primary languages spoken here are K’iche’ and Spanish. Paxán currently serves 215 students across grades pre-k through sixth.
Scott & Deanna’s Impact in Paraje Paxán, Aldea Chuacorral Tres
At PoP, we strive toward a world in which every child can experience and benefit from quality education. Currently, in Paraje Paxán, Aldea Chuacorral Tres, students are learning in structurally unsound classrooms comprised of wood and corrugated tin roofing. These conditions clearly pose a hazard to student safety and well-being, as well as to engagement and learning. In the current structure students are easily distracted, and overcrowded, often forcing grades to double up in classrooms.
We believe that a quality learning environment is critical to increasing student attendance, engagement and overall literacy outcomes.
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 late June 2021 and hope to complete the structure in September 2021.
In the coming months, PoP will be partnering with the Paraje Paxán, Aldea Chuacorral Tres community to build a new 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 Paxán, Aldea Chuacorral Tres community 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!