For the last year, we have been working with the partner associations of Los Patojos in the United States, along with the school staff, to determine how best to ensure the success of our senior students. Guatemala has a major employment crisis, only 35% of the labour force has formal employment. It is clear that we need to not only educate our students, but prepare them to find employment, become responsible employees, and continually improve their skills to ensure that they have a stable future.
Our new school will be the first in the area to provide an education rich in practical skills, as well as the students continuing their involvement in the arts. Our goal is to cultivate a well-rounded individual who can obtain and maintain employment while continuing his or her education at a post-graduate level, ultimately, becoming one of the business and social leaders of the future.
In Guatemala it is quite common to attend university on the weekends while working during the week. Should they qualify and wish to attend university, they will be able to do so. It is these very same students who will give back to the community and help Guatemala evolve into its rightful heritage.
Let’s make it happen.