Creating Girl Readers in Guatemala

$18,000 $0
Raised Remaining
Jul 16, 2010

Girls learning to read and write in Maya language!

Girls learning to read and write in Maya language
Girls learning to read and write in Maya language

In the rural community of Chiché in the western highlands of Guatemala, the Riecken community library—named by the town “Open Windows to the Future”—designed a program with weekly activities called “The Little School for K’iche Reading and Writing”. The program’s aim is to prepare indigenous Maya girls in reading and writing skills in their native language, K’iche, while at the same time inspiring them to discover the magical worlds that reading opens the door to, and hence grow a love for reading for pleasure.

Between 11 and 15 girls participate in each activity, which currently is being led by Ana Maria Riquiac, a college student from the same community who is getting her degree in Social Work. In the coming weeks a group of bilingual teachers in Chiché will take on the responsibilities for implementing the activities, and within a few months, the local teachers will have full responsibility for its implementation. Their participation teaching girls the finer points of reading and writing K’iche is only one part of a project to use the library as a station for engaging children through dynamic activities promoting Mayan culture.


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Project Leader

William Cartwright

Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala

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Map of Creating Girl Readers in Guatemala