In Guatemala we have the privelage of partnering with a great Cincinnati charity, Cooperative for Education (CoEd). Cooperative for Education (www.coeduc.org) seeks to irradicate poverty in Guatemala through education, their program provides textbooks, teacher training, and even computer labs.
Check out this video to learn more: Cooperative for Education
Some facts about education in Guatemala:
- 1.8 Years – average years of school that indigenous women complete
- 90% – rural secondary schools that do not provide textbooks
- 1/3 – fraction of 1st graders who continue their education
- 60% – Jobs requiring computer skills
- 2/3 – Rate of illiteracy
- $4 – Average daily compensation
Through this partnership, we have sponsored a school in the Quetzaltenango, Guatemala where we work. This initial sponsorship provides books for a better education, and we will look to expand the relationship with future team trips to the city.
With an average of only four years of education, it is not surprising that half of the population in the Western Highlands of Guatemala cannot read these words or even write their own names. Illiteracy and poverty are the reality for the 2/3 of this population that live on less than $4 a day. However in an area plagued by poverty inequality and illiteracy, there is hope.
The hope is in the youth that inspired CoEd’s mission. in providing educational opportunities for Guatemalan children, they will be the ones to make the lasting impact and be the lasting difference for their country, for themselves and for generations to come.
Education is the difference.
Since its inception in 1996, CoEd has served nearly 100,000 children
TODAY…CoEd is serving 48,723 students in 224 schools throughout Guatemala
Teachers report a 70% increase in students’ comprehension of subject matter once CoEd’s textbook project is implemented
83% of Computer Center graduates are using their newly acquired computer skills to further their education or to acquire higher-paying jobs.
90% of CoEd’s scholarship students go on to high school after middle school graduation…compared to 1% of all students regionally.
Some Thank You’s from our School Visit in 2009: