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Fund a teacher and support more than 250 students

by CasaSito Association
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Fund a teacher and support more than 250 students
Fund a teacher and support more than 250 students
Fund a teacher and support more than 250 students

In January 2020, CasaSito launched the evaluation process of interested teachers that will participate in the association’s Teacher Development pilot project. The Program aims at awakening the teachers spirit of critical thinking and leadership, enabling them to become more effective teachers and successful change-makers within their schools.

Thanks to an additional donation received in December 2019, 12 teachers of private and public schools will receive a partial scholarship and participate in personal development workshops and activities throughout the year. Teachers will gain the necessary tools to effectively teach the basic curriculum, public speaking and critical thinking within their classrooms and will be more confident and passionate about their daily work.

It is estimated that at least 400 students annually will gain basic skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and public speaking as well as the standard curriculum.

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Thanks to the generous support of its dondors, CasaSito will launch its Teacher Development Program in 2020. The Program, to be launched in January 2020, will offer partial scholarships to 8 teachers of semi-private and public schools and allow them to participate in activities that awaken their spirit of critical thinking and leadership, enabling them to become effective teachers and successful change-makers within their schools. CasaSito has proven the effectiveness of these teaching techniques, such as debate, through programs offered to their scholarship students since various years. 

8 selected teachers will gain the necessary tools to effectively teach the basic curriculum, public speaking and critical thinking within their classrooms. With these tools for success, teachers will be more confident and passionate about their work. At least 400 students annually will gain basic skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and public speaking as well as the standard curriculum.

By doing that, not only individual scholars that receive a scholarship from CasaSito, but also selected teachers and their students will be able to take advantage of the program focused on higher education of teachers. 

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Keeping students motivated and focused is probably one of the most difficult challenges of teachers. But education is more than just learning how to read and write. It’s about gaining the skills and knowledge of the world around us and it helps us to grow personally, professionally, and socially.

One fundamental piece that is missing in the Guatemalan school system is the quality education of teachers. Teachers often lack familiarity with basic teaching skills, variety of innovative subjects, techniques, and methodologies that would leave behind traditional teaching and could positively transform the education system of the country.

At CasaSito, education is a tool for breaking the cycle of poverty. The association is a small grassroots organization whose mission is to transform the future of Guatemalan youth, so they can reach their academic, personal, and professional potential, and thereby generate change in themselves and their communities.

In order to attack the roots of the low quality of education and create more impact on the Guatemalan society, CasaSito is currently working on a pilot program for teachers. The project to be launched in January 2020, will offer scholarships to teachers of private and public schools. Through this new program, selected teachers will receive a partial scholarship and participate in activities that aim to awaken their spirit of critical thinking and leadership, supporting them to become successful change-makers within their schools.

In Q3 2019, CasaSito started the pre-selection process of the teachers in the department of Sacatepéquez. The Project Coordinator will work closely with the principles of public and private schools, to make sure their buy-in for the project.

Due to some budget constraints the pilot project will be launched with only 8 teachers in 2020. Through a formal evaluation process that includes a pre-selection, written application and an interview, the participating teachers will be selected in Q4 2019.

As part of the program, from Q2 2020 on, teachers will be taught in public speaking, research and critical thinking. Through very practical and interactive exercises, the participants practice debating techniques on different Guatemalan issues like violence, banning alcohol, and the role of women in the government. The participants will be enabled to learn new, innovative teaching techniques and methodologies that can be implemented in daily teaching and that way improve the quality of education within their classrooms. In return in Q3 2020, the teachers will organize and sponsor a debate club to a group of 10-12 of their students.

That in turn will have a positive influence not only on the students of the teachers participating in the program but also on other students of the school and cultivate basic skills and critical thinking that would make young people more motivated, influential and active in creating positive change.

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CasaSito Association

Location: Antigua, Sacatepequez - Guatemala
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Project Leader:
Silke Wahl
Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala
$4,504 raised of $30,000 goal
 
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