Aula Magica - Youth Preparing Kids to Learn

by Lets Be Ready
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Summary

Aula Magica (Magical Classroom) gives jobs to young people 16 to 24 years old in Guatemala. Entrepreneurial and community-minded kids are licensed to use pre-recorded interactive programs to teach children in remote areas not served by the Guatemalan government, in their native languages. It trains and pays these community facilitators to guide children in program activities, developing kids' cognitive, language and social skills, preparing them to attend and successfully complete primary school
$10,500
total goal
$2,440
remaining
29
donors
2
monthly donors
3
years active

Challenge

Early childhood learning is crucial to later educational attainment, but in many rural areas the Guatemalan government does not provide preschool. Children there enter primary school ill-prepared and run a high risk of early failure: while nearly 60% of Guatemalan kids fail to complete primary school, the rate for rural indigenous children, whose first language may not be Spanish, is even higher. At least 30% fail the first grade, when many drop out, severely limiting their future opportunities.

Solution

This project helps overcome geographic isolation and lack of educational resources by delivering audio programs in indigenous languages. Low-tech, low-cost and culturally sensitive, it trains and pays literate community youth to lead children in fun, interactive group learning sessions and activities.

Long-Term Impact

Providing programs to underserved indigenous areas will help stem the tide of failure in primary school by preparing children to learn. Training community youth to be program facilitators will create jobs for them and raise awareness of early childhood learning among parents. Longer term, early learning can have a significant positive impact on children's future opportunities and livelihoods as adults. Aula Magica plans to roll out the program in 10 communities over the next 2 years.

Resources

http:/​/​www.letsbeready.org/​Home.html
Link to a video of Rosa Maria and Quirio
Link to a youtube video

Organization Information

Lets Be Ready

Location: Longmont, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​letsbeready.org
Project Leader:
Fred Zambroski
Longmont, CO United States
$8,060 raised of $10,500 goal
 
 
56 donations
$2,440 to go
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