- Project Title:
- Let Them Learn!
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"Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate." — Anonymous
In Guatemala, a typical school year will begin in the month of January and end in the month of October. Guatemalans will attend preschool for four years, primary school for six years, secondary school for three years and high school for two to three years; which all depends on technical training. However, many Guatemalans don't attend school, but instead start working at a young age to help sustain their families. Along with trying to earn money for their families, many don't see the long-term benefits of schooling.
Also, schools [sometimes] don't have enough supplies to give children and some don't even have chairs or desks. In some areas, schooling isn't available because a school wasn't even built in the first place. Low teacher salaries also contribute to the already short shortage of teachers. Despite these struggles, government initiatives have helped Guatemala's education system, but the needs are still great.
Another problem, that one WILL have to face when trying to improve education in Guatemala, is the attitudes of the natives. Guatemalans' attitudes toward education depend on their social level in society. Many parents believe girls should not attend school since they should be preparing for motherhood. In other cases, parents feel their children will improve through work, not academic study. Others would like to attend but the cost of school fees is prohibitive. Guatemalans who are wealthier value education, but still find it to be a financial burden. As you can see, the educational system in Guatemala needs to be reformed. I propose two solutions.
My first solution would be to use money, gained through donations, to build new schools and pay teachers better wages so they would want to work. Also, along with building new schools we can use the donated money to purchase hand carved chairs and desks for Guatemalan wood carvers. That way low income workers will also find a gain, and may create more for schools.
My second solution would be to have "incentives" for kids to go to school. Many children work at an early age to gain money for their families; the money they earn can be used to pay bills or buy needs like food and clothing. By having an incentive such as food or clothing, that the kids can share with their family, kids would be encouraged to come. The organization Pur[shoe]ing Joy is a non - profit that is based in my home state, Georgia. This organization collects shoes which are then shipped to Guatemala. By doing this, shoes are provided to kids and adults so that they can go to school or work. By having something simple as shoes, a life CAN be changed for the better.
In conclusion, education in Guatemala needs to be fixed. By working with non - profit organizations, donors, and the natives of Gautama, this situation will be improved and solved.