This week, backpacks-for-sale line the streets of Santiago, teachers are hard at work preparing their lesson plans, and Pueblo a Pueblo is preparing for another year of educational support in our 7 partner schools.
The new school year commences on Monday, and for many parents in Santiago Atitlán, this day marks the beginning of another year of anxiety over expensive school costs and the possibility of having to force their children withdraw from school for economic reasons. For 6 years, Pueblo a Pueblo’s Child Education Support program has been helping elementary school-aged children access an education they could otherwise not obtain. This year, 149 students from the Chukmuk, Panabaj and Chacayá public elementary schools will be provided with the class supplies, books, uniforms and one-on-one support they need to succeed in school. The Guatemala office has turned into temporary chaos as pencils, notebooks, art supplies, glue and much more are packed into backpacks for the students sponsored through our program. Monday morning, supplies will be provided to these children and with them the possibility of a brighter future.
Our other programs are also making preparations for a year full of new plans, goals and projects! Literacy activities in the Chukmuk School Library will continue as well as classes in our organic school gardens, and our activity coordinators are excited to get back to working with the children and teachers of our partner schools. In 2013, Pueblo a Pueblo is reaffirming its’ dedication to community-wide education through increased trainings for teachers, parents and community members. As an organization, we are aware that the success of our programs relies on the participation of all members of the school community, and we are constantly working to strengthen leadership and empower our partners through comprehensive educational programs.
A new year brings new possibilities, and this year we are looking forward to seeing the dreams of our partner school children, teachers, parents and staff being realized. Thank you for your continued support!