Our education programs ensure that children, young people and adults in the community are able to access quality education and in turn improve their ability to take advantage of the growing tourism in the area.
In Guatemala, the average amount of time spent in school is just 6.3 years. Compare this to Germany, where the average is over double that, it shows the severe lack of education that the majority of the population in Guatemala receive. In El Paredón, it is common for students to fall behind in their studies, get held back at school, and then lose the motivation for education and dropout. In 2016 only 70% of students finished primary school, while 60% of those surveyed in our community survey, did not progress past primary school, with a further 15% without any education whatsoever. Only 3% of the population was able to go on to university.
Since its foundation in 2012, La Choza Chula has been integral to the education system in El Paredón, helping propel forward projects that the community have been working towards for many years. We provide year round education activities for children and young adults through the Buena Vista library, secondary school, computer lab and permaculture garden (all built by funds generated from La Choza Chula) to improve literacy and educational attainment. Activities include literacy and numeracy classes, English lessons, holiday programmes, and teacher training. Greater access to education will mean that more community members are able to access the opportunities that increased tourism will bring, are equipped with the skills needed to increase their productivity, and are able to contribute to the economic development of the community.