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Guatemala Literacy Project Presentation


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Past President or the Rotary Club of North Raleigh, Steven Nelson, gave a presentation of the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) which our club has been a part of for many years.

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Guatemala Literacy Project Presentation

  1. 1. A A partnership between Rotary clubs and CoEd to promote literacy in Guatemala
  2. 2. 505 Rotary Clubs 69 Districts 8 Countries 20 Years The Worldwide GLP Family The GLP is the largest grass roots, multi-club, multi-district, multi-country initiative in the entire Rotary world that’s not directed by RI itself.
  3. 3. 2016 School Year Stats: •162,700 students benefited •184 textbook projects •43 computer centers •62 literacy projects (CORP) •254 scholarships Textbooks Computer Centers Literacy Projects (CORP) Scholarships 2017 School Year Stats: • 172,700 students benefited • 193 textbook projects • 45 computer centers • 70 literacy projects (CORP) • 353 scholarships
  4. 4. + Tools + Training + Scholarships GLP’s Poverty Busting Formula
  5. 5. Tools
  6. 6. Tools (1) One of the main issues with education in Guatemala is the lack of tools kids need, like textbooks and computers, to thrive in school. 90% of rural middle schools in Guatemala don’t have textbooks. Optional: “Can you imagine going through school without having access to books?” (2) Teachers have little idea of what to teach at their level; (3) Majority of class time spent copying – from the board, from teacher’s dictation, from each other. The GLP provides four books in the core subjects of math, science, Spanish language, and social studies. The schools “rent” these books to their students for a small fee. After five years, enough money is saved to replace books that wear out.
  7. 7. Tools
  8. 8. Tools Computer training is becoming increasingly important in a technology driven world. 60% of mid level jobs in Guatemala require the use of a computer. Our computer center program installs computer labs into rural communities and provides crucial training to the students. Our computer centers work on the same sustainable model as the textbooks: Students pay a monthly fee for the right to use the computer lab and receive training, fees go into a fund, and after six years there’s enough money to begin replacing the computers. And it produces results – 95% of the computer center program graduates find jobs or pursue further education.
  9. 9. Sustainability Plan == $5 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 + +$1 $5 Year 5 $1 $1 $1 $1+ + + + ++
  10. 10. Sustainability Plan == $5 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 + +$1 $5 Year 5 $1 $1 $1 $1+ + + + ++ The first year, a student will rent the book for $1. The second year, another student will rent that same book for $1, and so on. After 5 years, how much money is saved from the book rentals? $5…enough to replace the original book. All student rental fees for the books and computers go into a fund managed by CoEd. And once Rotary makes the initial investment, the entire community takes ownership of the project and it becomes 100% self-sustaining. Since each person is making a small financial contribution to their school’s project, they also have a vested interest in its success. But this model of sustainability isn’t just a theory: over 200 communities have renewed their books, computers or both.
  11. 11. Sustainability 2004 2009 2014 Initial donation of books by Rotary School replaces books with savings from their Revolving Fund Second replacement of books from Revolving Fund The GLP’s projects are among the most sustainable in the world. Olintepeque School, in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, is a great example. The GLP donated books in 2004, they replaced their books in 2009 (from their revolving fund), and replaced them again in 2014. GLP Rotarians were present all three times to celebrate these milestones.
  12. 12. Training
  13. 13. Training • Not only do we train teachers how to most effectively use textbooks and computers in their middle school classrooms, but we also emphasize teacher training at the grade school level. • Guatemala’s schools are dropout factories. More than 60% never make it past the 6th grade. [500,000 primary school students in Guatemala drop out or fail the grade EACH YEAR.] A big problem is that they’re not learning to read, and when school isn’t worthwhile, the parents pull the kids out to work in the fields. Game over: the cycle of poverty continues. • Solution: But we’ve figured out how to combat this – train teachers to teach reading in a way that is engaging and WORKS to get kids reading by the end of first grade. • In Guatemala, the average grade school teacher is poorly educated and poorly trained. • They have no books in their classroom, and have little idea how to use them effectively. • The Culture of Reading Program (CORP) provides a rich classroom library along with the training necessary to use the books effectively. • This is Hilda, a third grade teacher. Trained through CORP, she has learned to turn the book around in order to engage her students by showing them the pictures (without training, most teachers read to their kids without turning the book around).
  14. 14. Training
  15. 15. Training Teachers learn over 100 new teaching strategies to build literacy skills. In this photo, the teacher is leading a dramatization: kids read a story, then act it out, a technique that rapidly builds comprehension and mastery of new vocabulary. You put CORP in a school: • kids start scoring 58% better in reading comprehension and writing [compared to kids at other schools.] • failure rates drop by a third
  16. 16. Scholarships
  17. 17. Scholarships • In Guatemala, 95% of poor, rural kids never graduate from high school. The GLP provides 6-year scholarships to get kids through middle school and high school. Studies show that kids need 12 years of education – a high school diploma – to escape poverty. • Pictured here is Ancelma Ortiz Monroy. • We met her when she was a shy sixth grader (when this picture was taken). • Her mom and dad are both completely illiterate. They live in a small shack on a mountainside, outhouse alongside, and cornfield in the back • As a 6th grader, she was in her last year of school because her parents couldn’t afford to send her on. Then, a life changing event occurred--she was chosen to receive a scholarship through the GLP. “I was so excited,” she said, “but my dad wasn’t sure if they could afford to have me in school instead of working in the fields. He finally let me go, saying I could see how things went, but if I failed, it wasn’t his problem.”
  18. 18. Scholarships
  19. 19. Scholarships • This is Ancelma today. • She has benefitted from three of GLP’s programs: TB, Computers. And because of the scholarship program, she’s first in her family to graduate from middle school, then high school. • Because she had excellent computer skills from the GLP lab, she got a job with a Canadian cell phone company (in Guatemala). • When Canadians have trouble with their iPhones and they call the 800-number, they just might be talking to Ancelma. • At 22 years old, she makes 4 times what her father earns. She helps support the family and is paying for her younger siblings to go to school.
  20. 20. Scholarships
  21. 21. Scholarships • This is one of the GLP’s favorite pictures… • Ancelma, her mom, and her mom’s mom. Three generations of Guatemalan women. • From right, point to each: “illiterate, illiterate, high school diploma.” “desperately poor, desperately poor, solidly middle class.” In one generation, we’ve broken the cycle of poverty. This is what we can accomplish when we work together and put SERVICE ABOVE SELF.
  22. 22. Scholarships
  23. 23. Scholarships Here is our first graduating class back in 2010. Every one of these kids comes from a family whose parents have less than a 6th grade education. And every kid now has a high school diploma, which is like a train ticket, carrying them out of poverty. All are professionals now (point to each student as you say their name) (from left) Magdalena is now pursuing a degree in psychology and works with an Early Childhood Development program; Silvia is a teacher; and here’s Anselma (four from left). Statistically, all of these graduates will now ensure their children are educated to the same level as they are, or higher. That is breaking the cycle of poverty through education!
  24. 24. Change another life— sponsor a scholarship student
  25. 25. Change your life— experience Guatemala July 18-23, 2017 February 3-11, 2018
  26. 26. We invite you to join us in this effort to break the cycle of poverty through education—whether it be through joining us on a tour, encouraging your club to make a contribution, or sponsoring a scholarship student. We want to give these students opportunities to have a brighter future. Because these kids, once educated, will help pull their communities, their regions, and ultimately the entire country of Guatemala permanently out of poverty: that’s our vision.
  27. 27. Principal/founder Monte Cristo School Sponsored School
  28. 28. The school has a music program Sponsored School
  29. 29. Sewing where they learn to make clothes Sponsored School
  30. 30. Blacksmith to create iron furniture and more! Sponsored School
  31. 31. Woodworking where they recycle materials to make furniture Sponsored School
  32. 32. Graphic Art Classes Sponsored School
  33. 33. Commercial kitchen: Feeds students 2 times a day and bake goods Sponsored School
  34. 34. Farm: Students utilize modern technology including drip irrigation Sponsored School
  35. 35. Recycling efforts: Building material from 2 liter soda bottles Sponsored School
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