First year of high school has begun
This year we opened the first high school grade at Técnico Chixot! Our school, Centro Educativo Técnico Chixot has been developing a curriculum based on democracy and self-sufficiency. The democratic education model presents a dynamic, interdisciplinary curriculum that guides student-driven, community-based projects that address genuine community needs. Our middle and high school students will now begin planning and implementing a variety of community infrastructure projects that they will carry out in the nearby village of Xiquin Sanaii, Comalapa.
Just last week we watched proudly as our middle and high school students presented their projects to the entire community of Xiquin Sanaii. This will be the beginning of beautiful new chapter for Long Way Home and Técnico Chixot! The village is about 10km outside the center of Comalapa in the mountains and the residents face infrastructure issues that are common in rural areas of Guatemala. Each grade presented their project as a solution after describing the problem that it addresses. For example, respiratory illnesses and deforestation are large problems that affect many communities in Guatemala. 7th graders at Tecnico Chixot will build smoke-efficient stove for a family that will help to solve these issues one family at a time. Many indigenous people in rural areas face problems like no access to water, bad cooking conditions and/or worse sanitation situation. All of these problems reduce health and overall well-being of indigenous families, especially women and children. Our students of Técnico Chixot will begin to survey all the families in the village to chose who is most at need for each project that the students will then implement for the final project of the year. The green building projects include the construction of a smoke efficient stove, a water tank, latrine and a retaining wall which our students then will carry out in the near future under the technical guidance of our experts and teachers.