MayaWorks believes, to overcome poverty, it is vital to educate girls which is why we provide daughters of artisans scholarships to help defray the cost of school attendance. Although education in Guatemala is free, parents must pay a registration fee, purchase school supplies and cover transportation expenses to get their children back and forth to school. In many of the communities where MayaWorks operates, children cannot attend school beyond the sixth grade because there are no junior high or high school facilities. The scholarship that MayaWorks helps overcome these barriers.
MayaWorks also works with local schools to set-up tutoring centers in the village so children have access to much needed academic support services within their communities. Children attend one of five tutoring centers where they get help with their homework, receive extra support in their weak subject areas and have a safe place to meet up with like-minded students who want to excel in school.
MayaWorks has set goals for its scholarship recipients. They must maintain a C average in their classes and attend tutoring sessions regularly. It is our hope that MayaWorks scholarship recipients will continuously surpass Guatemala's high school graduation rate of 17%. Currently, MayaWorks scholarship recipients are graduating from high school at a rate of 36%.
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