Through education we create responsible citizens who stay in Guatemala to make their community a better place. These future parents, teachers, and workers will be empowered to instill positive values where they live and work.
We are an independent, non-profit school based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala that serves children from pre-primary to secondary ages.
The Academy combines Brazilian Educator Paulo Freire’s Popular Education model and an alliance with INTECAP (Institute for Technical Training). Working in tandem, both systems encourage all students and teachers to think of themselves as learners, teachers, and ultimately world transformers.
As opposed to an educational system filled with indigestible facts, Popular Education uses themes that directly confront the student’s lives. The process of bringing core curriculum to life by making it relevant to students’ experiences helps them to retain the academic material.
Lessons are organized around monthly themes such as gender, ecology, human rights and independence. During the theme of gender, students learn about fractions by looking at the ratio of boys to girls in their classes and then analyzing the amount of indigenous to non-indigenous students.
In addition, the Academy’s partnership with INTECAP helps middle school and high school students learn a technical trade so they can utilize these skills to support their continuing education.