Education is a core part of our mission, helping to empower the local community in El Paredón. Our education programs ensure that children, young people and adults are able to access quality education and in turn the employment opportunities within the growing tourism industry.
- Guatemala has the lowest literacy rate in Latin America. Without basic reading and writing skills, children are unable to pursue further education and access employment opportunities.
- The average child spends just 6.3 years in school in Guatemala. This is less than half the amount of time that children in countries such as England, Germany and the USA .
- In El Paredón, 10% of children fail to finish primary school education, and are held back year on year, making it almost impossible to fulfil their potential. The rate of dropouts rises, with only 60% of children progressing to secondary school and only 3% reaching university.
- Only 30% of adults in El Paredon can read and write. We want to change this.
Together we can ensure that all primary school children can read and write by the time they leave school.
What we do
At La Choza Chula we are working to improve the quality of education available in the community of El Paredón; delivering impactful education programmes, to help increase literacy rates amongst children and young people.We provide year round education activities through the Buena Vista library, secondary school, computer lab and organic garden (all built by funds generated from La Choza Chula and supporters) to improve literacy and educational achievement. Activities include reading and writing classes, English lessons, summer holiday programmes, creative arts, environmental education and teacher training.
Our aim is to provide access to quality education, ensuring all children and young people achieve literacy. We want to increase the number of young people who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment and decent jobs within the growing tourism industry in El Paredón.