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Asociación AMA | Guatemala

A Safe and Effective School Reopening Process during COVID-19 Pandemic

AWARD YEAR
2021
FUNDING AREA
Education
PROJECT LOCATION
Guatemala
AMOUNT AWARDED
$65,000
PROJECT DURATION
12 months

Objective:

Support education authorities and school leaders to reopen schools while reducing dropout and absenteeism rates among primarily Q'eqchi' students

Asociación AMA (AMA), founded and led by local women, provides support and resources to (largely indigenous) women and girls across southern Petén, a rural, isolated department in northern Guatemala with high rates of poverty. AMA’s programs include a popular radio education program in Q'eqchi' and Spanish. In the past year, AMA has strengthened its partnership with department and municipal governments to respond to the pandemic. As part of this project, Petén education officials have requested and will receive support from AMA to create and coordinate a committee to design and execute a school reopening strategy for 400 primary schools in the southern part of the department. Additionally, AMA will continue to produce bilingual radio programming that targets girls and their families, using a dynamic format to share stories and resources around family planning, the importance of education, and violence prevention. AMA staff will conduct home visits to a sample of the households to monitor the impact of the programming and provide direct support to 1,200 students and families during the ongoing school closures and gradual return to the classroom. 

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