Cooperative for Education
The Cooperative for Education works to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education. They provide educational resources and opportunities to indigenous Mayan schoolchildren in Guatemala’s Central and Western Highlands. They have created several programs through which they accomplish their mission. Their Textbook Program rents textbooks to children at a very low cost and provides teachers with direction on how to effectively use the books. They have created Computer Centers in 54 rural locations, establishing a program that gives Guatemalan children access to computers and technology. The Cooperative for Education has also developed a Culture of Reading Program, which addresses the illiteracy issue in rural areas of the country. They put together this sustainable program that trains teachers how to teach emphasizing comprehension and critical thinking rather than memorization. Lastly, they developed the Scholarship and Youth Development Program to distribute small scholarships to impoverished children and the Bridges Program to create awareness and knowledge on global challenges and build international relationships. Since the Cooperative for Education’s establishment in 1996, they have helped almost 150,000 students all over Guatemala.
Mission Statement: The Cooperative for Education works to help Guatemalan schoolchildren break the cycle of poverty through eduction.
Board Discretionary Grant. The Skees Family Foundation began working with the Cooperative for Education in 2013. We directed our grant to a first, second, and third grade class at El Esfuerzo School in Santa Cruz Balanya.