The purpose of the Los Técnicos Chixot Education Center is to provide Comalapan youth with marketable skills that will enable them to be responsible citizens and entrepreneurs. Educational opportunities for teenagers and young adults in rural Guatemala are severely lacking, and this project will give them the tools they need to be competitive in the job market. The school will offer relevant educational opportunities, create jobs, and combat environmental issues in Guatemala.
In addition to the standard primary educational curriculum, our middle school and vocational school will offer coursework in carpentry, masonry, mechanics, electrical, welding, and horticulture, along with introductions to the business and technology aspects of radically sustainable construction. The project aims to foster a new group of Guatemalan students, environmentalists and entrepreneurs, uniquely equipped to innovate in the field of sustainability and construction.
The school’s first year of operation ended in October 2014 with 61 students from kindergarten to 6th grade and a local staff of 8 people. In 2015, 7th grade will be added, and grades 8-12 will open in 2016. Upon completion, the school will consist of a total of 17 buildings: four vocational workshops, a mechanic shop, an administrative office, a cafeteria/library/computer lab, eight classrooms, an art lab, a pump house for water distribution and purification, and a volunteer house.