Children Incorporated’s Director of International Programs, Luis Bourdet, recently received a report from our affiliate Colegio Vida (Life School) at the Juan Apostol School in Villa Nueva, just outside of Guatemala City. With the help of contributions from our sponsors and donors, 103 high school graduates of the Juan Apostol School graduated in 2015 with Colegio Vida certifications that will help put them on the path to professions with a future.

Cross-culturally, one of the greatest challenges to graduates is the practical application of academic knowledge. With its motto being “An Institution Created to Make a Difference,”Colegio Vida addresses this challenge by offering Computer Repair and Maintenance, Graphic Design, Culinary Arts, and Cosmetology.

From elementary school to high school levels, students interested in Computer Equipment Repair and Maintenance learned a variety of skills, from indentifying parts of a computer to cleaning and maintenance.

Many programs for many kids

Each of these vocational training courses emphasizes personal and academic formation for individual achievement. This training is a requirement for certain types of high school diplomas in the Juan Apostol School. Last year, 50 Computer Science students graduated with Computer Repair and Maintenance certification; 25 Arts and Science students with Graphic Design certification; 13 Tourism graduates with certification in Culinary Arts; and 15 Bilingual Secretary and Administrative students with certification in Cosmetology.

From elementary school to high school levels, students interested in Computer Equipment Repair and Maintenance learned a variety of skills, from identifying parts of a computer to cleaning and maintenance.

Students teaching one another 

Students help teach each other skills they have learned.

School staff administered cooking classes which allowed for personnel to spend time with students outside of the scholarly setting. One student assignment was to prepare food for the quinceanera of female students. (The quinceanera is a birthday celebration for girls who are turning fifteen and is considered to be a rite of passage from childhood to womanhood in Latin America.)

Already certified Cosmetology students instructed high school students interested in Cosmetology and the relationship between the two groups proved to be a mutually-beneficial one. The current students received skills training from the graduates, and the graduates were able to practice their trade by instructing the students. 

In addition to these programs, Colegio Vida offers a variety of summer courses for children, from cooking lessons to cleaning techniques. All classes focus on following instructions and helping out at home so that these children may take full advantage of their school break.



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Education, Stories of Hope, Guatemala

written by Shelley Callahan

Shelley is the Director of Development for Children Incorporated. She is also the lead social correspondent, regularly contributing insights through the Stories of Hope blog series. Sign up for Stories of Hope to receive weekly email updates about how your donations are changing the lives of children in need.

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