It was such a pleasure and unique opportunity to visit the Collegio Miquel Asturius Academy.
Director Jorge Chojolan was one of the most inspirational people I have met on my journey thus far. He was kind enough to share his story with me in regards to how he started the school. This is not my story to tell but trust me when I say that his vision and dedication are substantial. So substantial that he has poured countless amounts of his own money into providing education for the children of Guatemala. So substantial that I had chills course down my spine and had to leave the room quickly as I began getting emotional.
Part of his story was explaining why libraries are so important in Guatemala. Director Jorge explained that free and fair access to information was non-existant and the government tightly regulated the history being released to the citizens. Because of this, many Guatemalans don’t even know their own history. This is why Director Jorge and his colleagues have decided to create the library and let the children discover things for themselves instead of being told everything.
So how does it work in practice? During recess children are allowed to either play or read. At the age of 10 this seems like quite an easy choice. I think most of us around the world can agree that at the age of 10 we would prefer playing friends rather than reading a book. But imagine that books were never available to you, as the case in Guatemala. Would the decision to read now trump playing with friends? Well, on the afternoon that I came to visit the library approximately half the students chose to read instead of play--- boys and girls alike.
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