Das Baylab-Projekt in Guatemala

Luis Fernando Orellana Leal von Bayer CropScience initiierte in diesem Jahr zusammen mit Women Cooperative 4 Pinos ein Baylab-Projekt im westlichen Hochland von Guatemala. Das hat er uns über seine Motivation und das Projekt erzählt:

“Results from the last Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (TERCE) which evaluated the learning achievements of 3rd and 6th grade students from15 countries in Latin America, revealed that Guatemala is below the regional average for reading, writing, math and natural sciences (MINEDUC and UNESCO, 2015). Many of the difficulties Guatemalan students face during the learning process of these topics, particularly indigenous rural children, are based on the lack of teaching programs relating to the local culture and language spoken in their region. In Sumpango, Chimaltenango, located in the western highlands of Guatemala, the population speaks 3 (kaqchikel, tzutuhil and k’iché) of the 24 different languages spoken in the country, hindering the learning processes of its children since the education in Guatemala is officially in Spanish.

The Baylab project created and implemented a science program for a selected school in San Jose Yalu, Sumpango, Chimaltenango, attended by kakchiquel children, which includes basic training in science for the teachers and the implementation of a simple science laboratory. Focus was set on chemistry and biology topics. Different activities were designed for the children from 1st to 6th grade, according to their level of academic development.

The Baylab program could also serve as a model for local institutions working on education in the area. E.g., the main partners of this project, Woman Cooperative 4 Pinos and El Yalu School, aim at improving the education system of the region through undergraduate programs in education at several levels. Projects like Baylab could serve as strategy for science education in Chimaltenango, Guatemala.

It was a great pleasure for all involved to see the enthusiasm and the concentrated work of the children and it motivates us for the future.”

“Cooperativa Integral Agrícola Women 4 Pinos” ist ein Beispiel für die Vereinigung und Zusammenarbeit von arbeitenden indigenen Frauen in Santiago Sacatepéquez. Gegründet wurde die Kooperative im Jahr 2010 von drei weiblichen Führungskräften der Gemeinde, um Exportgemüse zu produzieren und Arbeitsplätze für Frauen in diesem ländlichen Gebiet zu schaffen.