In Guatemala, 14 percent of residents have an physical and / or mental disability. A large proportion of this percentage are children. Children with disabilities are socially excluded and often have limited access to education.The majority of Guatemala’s population lives on the edge of or below the poverty line. This is also visible in the disadvantaged neighborhoods of Quetzaltenango. It often happens that children there do not finish school. Furthermore, in general, the quality of education (often given in a military manner) in Guatemala is poor. For these reasons, StartUp4kids offers children in these circumstances the program for financial and social education (the Aflatoun curriculum) to increase their prospects for a better future.
Since 2016, StartUp4kids has been offering the Aflatoun curriculum to children with a physical and/or mental disability at schools / centers. Since 2018 we also address with a new local partner children during an after-school program in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. With this program, we want to help these children develop their social and financial skills.
In addition to children with disabilities and children from disadvantaged neighborhoods, we together with local partner CEIPA also want to offer Aflatoun lessons to children who try to earn money on the streets and do not go to school.
The Aflatoun team in Guatemala consists of two project coordinators and about 15 Aflatoun teachers.
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