Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education

by Cojolya Association
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Empower Maya Weavers' Children through Education
Lidia reading the story "Nino Robot"
Lidia reading the story "Nino Robot"

Students are attending school with distance learning. The first months of this school year, classes were held in a hybrid model, with 6-8 students in-person two times a week. As Covid 19 spread and opportunities for in-person attendance lessened, parents came to collect and deliver schoolwork for their children as a way to maintain public health.

95% of primary school students do not have computer or internet access in their homes. Instead of using technology, they receive worksheets. Students face many challenges in pursuit of education without the use of technology, and many drop out for this reason.

To solve this problem and so that our students do not drop out of school, Cojolya’s social coordinator has provided assistance so that students can continue studying. Our beneficiaries receive internet access and additional help once a week.

During this time, our beneficiaries have learned how to use technology, a tool which has helped them immensely. Lidia, an eight-year-old girl, started primary school with distance learning. With a great deal of effort, she is learning how to read. She enjoys watching videos about syllables and printed worksheets, and she comes to learn with her sister. Lidia enjoys reading with our program coordinator, especially fables. She is a very active girl, though current circumstances do not permit her to spend time with her friends from school.

Dulce, a thirteen-year-old girl, is learning how to read and write in Tz-utujil, the indigenous language of the community that 95% of people speak while most cannot read and write. Dulce is proud of her achievements through her work with Cojolya, and she is an outstanding student. Everyday she makes an effort to learn something new. Dulce expressed the following: “I want to study medicine to help my community and to financially support my mother.”

Lidia practicing reading with our social coordinat
Lidia practicing reading with our social coordinat
Dulce in her Tz'utujil lesson
Dulce in her Tz'utujil lesson
Students researching and printing reading material
Students researching and printing reading material
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The students reading and learning to summarize the
The students reading and learning to summarize the

In Guatemala, the educational system has still not gone back to how it was pre-
pandemic. The schools are still closed, and students are still doing their
schoolwork from their houses. The students who are part of Cojolya’s Mano a
Mano program can go to Cojolya’s offices to use the computers and the internet
and receive tutoring and help with reading.
Every fifteen days the students participate in reading sessions so that they keep
learning and expanding their perspectives by studying other cultures. Through
their reading materials, the students travel to other places and use their
imaginations.
The students love their reading sessions. They really enjoy relating ideas from
the reading to their reality and gaining context about the world around them
through studying other cultures from faraway places.
Dulce, the newest student in our program, loves to read. She won a reading
contest at our local library last year and loves to talk about the books that she
reads. Her favorite class is Communication and Language, because she always
really likes the books that they recommend to her. She comes to the Cojolya
offices often to do her homework and to read books online.
Lidia, another student in the program, is 7 years old and is learning to read. She
is very happy with her progress and feels empowered by her new skills. Every
student is doing their best to keep learning, despite the difficult reality of the
pandemic in Guatemala.

Celebrating World Book Day with a reading session!
Celebrating World Book Day with a reading session!
Dulce reading her favorite book
Dulce reading her favorite book
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Lidia and Dulce learning to use the computers
Lidia and Dulce learning to use the computers

Very few students in the community of Santiago Atitlán have access to technological
resources in their homes and even in their schools. In Guatemala there are many schools
that still don’t have access to computers for their students.
The students who benefit from the Mano a Mano Cojolya program have received access
to computers so that they can do their schoolwork and even attend online classes. For
this reason, we are offering trainings in using the computers to our youngest students so
that they can become more familiar with technology and adapt more easily to the new
way of studying and attending class.
Hadasa, Lidia, and Dulce María are very enthusiastic about the computer training
because they want to keep learning despite the difficulties of the pandemic. Currently
the students are learning to identify the different parts of a computer and their respective
functions and little by little learning to complete all their school activities on a
computer.
By providing the computers and training we are helping the students learn in addition to
helping their families financially. If students need to go to an internet café to complete
their homework, their families have to pay for that service and many families do not
have enough economic resources to support their children due to the very limited work
opportunities available at this time.

Jose Miguel sharing his experience with Israel
Jose Miguel sharing his experience with Israel
Israel learning to work independently
Israel learning to work independently
Jose Miguel likes to come to Cojolya to do his sch
Jose Miguel likes to come to Cojolya to do his sch
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Oliver receiving his sixth grade diploma
Oliver receiving his sixth grade diploma

Misael and Oliver feel very happy about the goal that they reached. Oliver shared the following: “I am happy that I finished primary school, and at the same time, I’m excited because next year I will be starting middle school. My hope is to have a profession in the future so I can help my younger siblings so that they can study too.”

This year, around the world, it has not been easy to get an education. It has been even harder for Mayan communities. In Mayan communities, education has been irregular, and students have had to study from their homes, with access to fewer resources. Many students did not have their teachers’ constant accompaniment because of the restrictions, and they could not get in contact with their teachers by internet because they did not have access to this resource. The most complicated part is that many of their parents did not attend school and were therefore unable to help their children much.

For the children, it was not easy to study this year. It was a major challenge for them to have to develop their own learning experience. Misael and Oliver triumphed because of their dedication and effort. The program accompanied them along this difficult journey,providing them with physical copies of materials on the topics they had to study, since they could not come to Cojolya to use the computers or internet. Even though the middle school students were able to take laptops to work from their homes, the primary school students could not use the computers without any guidance.

The program seeks to support the students economically and provide them with pedagogical accompaniment. The social program has had a positive effect on the artisans’ children’s lives. Many youth have gone far because of this support. As a result of our program, we have an accountant, three teachers, and primary and high school graduates. Other students have been able to achieve their goals over time.

We must come together to support the children and youths in the program in achieving their dreams.

You can support these children and youth through donations, so that next year, the students can have school supplies, access the internet for free, make copies, and more.

2 Siblings Misael and Oliver, celebrating their tr
2 Siblings Misael and Oliver, celebrating their tr
Misael displaying his diploma
Misael displaying his diploma
Siblings Oliver and Misael share their happiness i
Siblings Oliver and Misael share their happiness i
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Accompaniment of students
Accompaniment of students

A través de su programa social, Cojolya ha estado velando por los procesos educativos de los hijos de los artesanos, para que los alumnos puedan realizar sus tareas escolares sin obstáculos.

Hadasa está en cuarto grado. Es responsable y dedicada a sus estudios. Ahora que está estudiando desde casa sin la presencia de su maestra, ha estado trabajando aún más para terminar su tarea.

Ella y su hermano Israel, estudiante de secundaria, han venido al edificio Cojolya para recibir acompañamiento pedagógico y tener a su disposición todos los recursos que necesitan, incluyendo computadoras, internet, útiles escolares y más.

A pesar de esta situación, Hadasa está trabajando duro por sus sueños, ya que quiere trabajar en un banco en el futuro y su hermano quiere ser ingeniero de sistemas. Son niños que sueñan con un futuro mejor. Por eso Cojolya está haciendo todo lo posible para apoyar a estos niños, para que puedan hacer realidad sus sueños. Sus padres brindan mucho apoyo moral, pero los padres también necesitan apoyo para mantener a sus hijos en la escuela.

Así como estos dos hermanos están trabajando duro para continuar con sus actividades escolares, los otros estudiantes del programa están haciendo lo mismo.

José Miguel es un chico que también está trabajando duro para seguir con sus estudios. Sus maestros le envían tareas por correo electrónico. A veces, dice que las tareas son difíciles, pero con el apoyo de Cojolya, logra completar sus actividades. Tenía a su disposición una computadora portátil que Cojolya le prestó para que pudiera hacer sus tareas desde casa.

En medio de la crisis y la pandemia, los niños y jóvenes están a punto de terminar el año escolar 2020.

Todo el apoyo que están recibiendo es posible gracias a los donantes.

Hadasa doing her homework at Cojolya
Hadasa doing her homework at Cojolya
Israel doing his homework at Cojolya
Israel doing his homework at Cojolya
Jose Miguel is working from home.
Jose Miguel is working from home.

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Cojolya Association

Location: Santiago Atitlan Solola - Guatemala
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Twitter: @Cojolya
Project Leader:
Jose Sicay Mesia
Santiago Atitlan, Solola Guatemala
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