Do you want to help me study?
Libros Despertados, a project that helps learning.
Education is the only resource that can take a country out of underdevelopment and give hope for growth to everyone, especially young people. In many countries studying is a right, but the means of doing so are often inadequate.
Libros Despertados is inspired by an Italian project, “Book in Progress”, based on the idea that the school could become a laboratory where students and teachers collaborate to create textbooks, so as to make them modern, stimulating, in line with the interests of children and teachers' skills.
Guatemala is one of the Latin American countries with the highest illiteracy rate: about 15% of the population aged 15 and over can neither read nor write. The rural population and indigenous population are the people in greatest difficulty.
It will be in this context that Libros Desperados will operate, in La Escuela Popular of Nuevo Horizonte, in the Peten region of Guatemala. It is a middle school attended by 45 boys and girls aged between 12 and 17 years. The families native of this village have very difficult economic situations and the purchase of school books is only possible very rarely.
The impossibility of having tools to study on makes learning very problematic and everything is based on the oral transmission of skills by teachers. In this situation, the possibility that students can continue their studies is practically non-existent, as is the opportunity of a decent future.
Libros Despertados intends to break this vicious circle and introduce an element of innovation aimed at actively involved students in their learning path, and at the same time build knowledge around a tool, the textbook, tailor-made by/for end users. The long-term project is to create a network between schools in the territory, so as to spread a virtuous model able to respond to real needs.
The project will be carried out with the scientific support of IISS Majorana of Brindisi (Italy), a European outstanding innovative school, which is responsible for the “Book in Progress” project, Universidad San Carlo de Guatemala, Lumsa University of Rome and ANP Lazio that will facilitate possible exchanges with Italian schools.
It provides for the presence of two professionals in educational innovation.
The estimated cost is €16,500, including personnel, logistics, communication and administrative costs. The first year's printing of textbooks has also been included and will be donated to the school, which will sell them to its students.