'Because of the opportunities provided by the foundation, I graduated from Mariano Galvez University and now have a job in Guatemala City' Herbeth, 20 - Systems Engineering
Further Education is inaccessible in the Jocotenango area due to the high cost of tuition, travel, uniforms and books. We support 200 students, funding tuition fees and covering any additional costs for required materials, uniform or equipment. We also offer trade courses to students seeking specific training in order to grow professionally and who want to specialize after high school. Our aim is to give our students equality to their peers.
We aim to tackle every obstacle along the way including careers advice and academic guidance, life skills, psychological support, job fairs and work experience.
In 2020 we had to adapt all of the services we offer to address the new needs and limitations brought by the pandemic. Communication was key as all our further education students are supported in external organizations. Fundraising enabled every one of our Further Education Students to have access to a laptop for virtual learning. We also adapted several classrooms within The School of Hope to dedicated Higher Education computer rooms , so that students can access their virtual classes in a quiet space, something which is often impossible at home.
In 2021, five of our 110 students studying at university graduated with degrees in Nursing, Education and Business Administration. Over 80 students completed a high school year with a pass rate of 83%. This is truly extraordinary when compared with education statistics for Guatemala, especially in the face of the complexity of virtual learning and the fact that many of our students are first generation learners.