Less than 30 percent of children in Guatemala graduate from primary school. While Guatemala’s Department of Education requires that the country’s official language of Spanish be taught in primary schools, it is not always possible. Most indigenous children in remote regions of northwestern Guatemala can speak only their local Mayan language; few schools in these rural areas even have books. It is critical to the future of these underserved children that they are given the opportunity to read and speak the country’s official language.
Our organization’s village literacy outreach program Let’s Read! has been designed to promote childhood literacy and foster an interest in reading that will help to prepare indigenous children in Guatemala for success in school and beyond. As one of their community service programs, our Maya Jaguar high school students travel to neighboring villages to teach reading skills to primary school children. Studies have shown that reading books out loud to children helps them to develop language and listening skills—and an appreciation for written words.How
How you can help
In addition to sending high school student to neighboring villages to promote reading to indigenous youth, Adopt-a-Village needs books and educational games in literacy and numeracy. Your gift, large or small, will help to build a library that will bring the magic of books to children in need.
To make a donation in support of Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala's Let’s Read! initiative, click here.