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The Santa Maria Linguistic Project (PLSM)
Quetzaltenango and Totonicapán, Guatemala
Bilingual Education

Intercultural Bilingual Education as an Exercise of Citizenship

The project aims to strengthen the promotion of Intercultural Bilingual Education in Guatemala that will aid in the recovery of Mayan culture and languages.  The project will do this by promoting the principles of Intercultural Bilingual Education with educational authorities in Guatemala, strengthening the networks of Intercultural Bilingual Educators, establishing elementary school language programs to be incorporated into the national curriculum for both K’iche and Mam, and implementing PLSM gender policy within the organization and amongst the networks of Intercultural Bilingual Educators.  The project will directly benefit 738 teachers (33 % male; 67% female) and 16,089 students (51% male; 49% female) in 18 different municipalities in the Highlands of Guatemala.

Key Achievements to date  

• Disseminated the existing legal framework on Intercultural Bilingual Education to the population of the Departments of Quetzaltenango and Totonicapán in order to encourage increased levels of appropriation and application of this right.

• A document on Intercultural Bilingual Education was published and analysed in more than 100 schools.

• 15 networks were established which include more than 40 schools; each of whom had their own work plans implemented.

• 20 people were designated as technical guides on pedagogical/teaching methodologies.


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