This Global Grant project has four distinct and complementary components that will strengthen both traditional and technological literacy in communities we've targeted. All of these schools are located in Guatemala's Western Highlands—the most illiterate part of the country. This Global Grant will pay for the materials needed to implement each component—books, computers, school supplies, and other educational resources—as well as essential training to enable teachers to utilize the materials effectively. The project will take place from 7/1/2019 to 3/31/2021.
1)The Culture of Reading Program (CORP) enables primary-school teachers to become experts in reading instruction. The program delivers between 30 and 76 children's books (per teacher) for reading in the classroom every day and provides intensive teacher training based on the latest best practices in early literacy instruction. Better-trained teachers transform their students into better readers, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners.
2)Textbook projects increase literacy for middle-school students in rural Guatemala by giving them access to high-quality textbooks in subjects like math, science, Spanish language, and social studies. Books are provided on the condition that each school rents them to their students for a small fee ($1.50/month). These fees enter a sustainability fund (managed by CoEd and overseen by local Rotarians), which is used to replace the books once they wear out.
3)A computer center prepares middle-school students to enter the workforce by providing 60-90 minutes per week of hands-on technological instruction, covering approximately 34 lessons over the course of a year. The certified computer teacher will train students in the use of standard business software (Microsoft Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, web navigation, basic programming, etc).
4)The Rise Youth Development Program keeps students in school, helps them envision a brighter future for themselves, and prepares them with the tools to achieve it. Students benefit from activities like workshops (involving Rotarians from Guatemalan clubs) and field trips to local businesses and universities that help them explore other possibilities for their future, beyond subsistence farming. All students participating in the program are matched with sponsors in Guatemala and other countries around the world who cover a portion of their costs of participating in the program. Many of the students are sponsored personally by Rotarians who are also involved with the Guatemala Literacy Project.