Technology Training for Rural Indigenous Youth

by Asociación Ajb’atz’ Enlace Quiché
Aug 15, 2007

80% of students now receiving scholarships

Ajb’atz’ Enlace Quiché’s scholarship program continues to expand each year, with 80 percent of students currently enrolled now receiving scholarships. Thanks to the ongoing support of our partners and donors, during the April-June 2007 quarter, 439 of Enlace’s 549 students were part of the scholarship program – an increase of over 20 percent since this period last year.

Enlace’s scholarship program is targeted at those who can benefit most from the education and training that we provide, and those who are least able to afford this themselves. For this reason, the majority of Enlace’s scholarship students are teachers, public school students and rural indigenous youth. Currently, courses with the highest percentage of students on scholarships are those which fall into the Internet and computing skills category; most of these courses take one year to complete.

In Enlace’s new English programs for adults and children – both of which were launched in January 2007 – there were a total of 60 students enrolled during the second trimester. Just under half of these students were on scholarships.

Twenty-nine year-old Gladys Marisela Lux López is one scholarship student currently undertaking English studies at Enlace. Gladys is an indigenous Mayan who has lived in Santa Cruz del Quiché her entire life. She is presently working for the Ministry of Work and Social Prevision in the Regional Seat of Quiché, a public institution which oversees changes made to industrial relations laws and protects the rights of workers. In addition to her English studies and full-time work, Gladys is also completing her thesis so that she can graduate from university with a Master’s in Business Administration.

For Gladys, studying English is important because she feels it will “increase her knowledge and enable her to communicate with other people”. She believes learning English will also help her to “feel more at ease using technology, and to find other opportunities for work and study”.

“I believe that it [studying English] could help me to find new opportunities at work and help me with my research, as nowadays you can research everything on the Internet but most times the instructions are written in English. It [Learning English] could also increase my opportunities to gain a scholarship to study outside of my country.”

Since 2004 Enlace has collected over US $80,000.00 for scholarships, which have helped transform the lives of more than 1500 people. The scholarship program is therefore making a profound and long-lasting difference to the development of the community. Without the continuing support of our partners and donors, however, Enlace would not be able to provide the educational opportunities that we do for the people of Quiché.

A donation of just US $60.00 can provide a micro-entrepreneur with technology skills to improve his or her business, and US $120.00 can put a disadvantaged youth through an Internet and computer training course, which will prepare them for success in high school.

The USAID/RTI/Alianzas program continues its matching support for the scholarship funds that Enlace Quiché raises, thereby doubling the impact of each Global Giving donation.


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Asociación Ajb’atz’ Enlace Quiché

Location: Santa Cruz del Quiche, Quiche - Guatemala
Website: http:/​/​
Asociación Ajb’atz’ Enlace Quiché
Project Leader:
Andrew Lieberman
Permanent General Advisor
San Francisco, CA United States

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