Since the introduction of our reading program at the beginning of our school year, January 2018, the enthusiasm among all pre-school, elementary, middle and high school students has grown by leaps and bounds. It is amazing to see change in the making! To see how investing just 30 minutes of coached reading time per-day, across all school grades, has made such a huge difference.
We are happy to report that over 70% of our pre-school and kindergarten students have improved their reading speed and comprehension. 80%-90% of students are now capable of literary composition. All students at our school read an average of 4 books in the last eight months. As well, students are reading at a rate of 120 words per minute, 3 times the national average in public schools. Our school’s teaching staff and administrative team are thrilled by the level of success achieved in less than a year!
The Board of Directors of the Asturias Maldonado Foundation wants to use this opportunity to congratulate all our staff in Guatemala, for making this happen.
To continue in this pattern of success, we need your support.
We are running out of books! Our reading room, a space that we dream one day will be a full-fledged school library, may not have enough books to last ‘till the end of the Guatemalan school year, which ends in just two months. Please consider giving a donation today, earmarked towards building AMF/FAM’s library, just follow this link.
Our goal for all children —especially those in the rural areas of Guatemala, is functional literacy, including digital literacy, and development of a lifelong love of learning.
Reading, writing and interpreting our digital world are fundamental rights promoted under the international framework of the United Nations and are an indicator of development. If we want a better tomorrow for all children, then we must work toward universal functional literacy. Join us in celebrating World Literacy Month by donating to our literacy programs!
September 15th is Independence Day in Central America. In 1821, Central America’s economic urban elites, declared their independence from the Spanish Crown. Since then, the path to freedom and prosperity continues to be a challenge. AMF/FAMs marks the occasion by affirming our belief that all children, and especially girls, whether they live in rural Guatemala or marginalized urban areas in the United States, by stating: We will never be independent until all children are fully educated.
Thanks to your donations to AMF/FAM education project in San Marcos, we can celebrate Independence Day 2018 and the accomplishments of our students. In our little corner of the Western Highlands of Guatemala, we continue to make tangible progress despite the formidable challenges we face. Will you today be so kind as to join our efforts to deliver quality education to children of coffee and other agricultural workers in San Marcos? Please click this link to donate$25, $50 or $100. Your dollars will go a long way in Guatemala!