According to 2009 census data, of 41,520 residents in San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala: only 7% of children attend secondary school; 0% of residents have appropriate waste management solutions; and, 14% report full-time employment with benefits. The cycle of poverty is hard to break when burning garbage or throwing it into the local ravine leads to poor health outcomes and from there to low school attendance and few employment options.
Students at Tecnico Chixot increase literacy skills and thus their economic sustainability; they also learn first hand to be an active participant and contributor to a developing democratic society. The students engage in project-based learning that provide opportunities to utilize their passions and imaginations as well as problem-solving skills. They work cooperatively, creatively, and resiliently to develop their own minds and hearts in projects that build capacity in their local community.
Effective change begins with children. As our students move through school, they will learn about the relationship between waste management, clean water, cooking methods, diet and health. As young entrepreneurs, they will learn how to identify a problem and implement a solution. With small classes and the practical application of knowledge, our students will be the leaders of their community and, eventually, their country! In 2018, we have 137 students in grades Kindergarten through K-10.