Friends of AIS, parents, staff and alumni are the reason that the Antigua International School (AIS) transforms lives. AIS seeks to provide a world class education to children of all socio-economic and cultural levels. This is radically different from the opportunity that most students have in Guatemala.
In Guatemala, 30% of students fail first grade (1), and the average child spends only 4.9 years in school. This rate is the lowest in all of Latin America (2). Even more serious is the case of girls and young women, among which “less than 30% of poor, indigenous girls are enrolled in secondary school.(3)” With these statistics, it is not surprising that Guatemala continues to lag behind in social and economic development.
AIS offers a vastly different scenario. At AIS,100% of our students have graduated and attend university. Most importantly, an AIS education has taught them to think critically, act ethically and serve others. An AIS education shapes not only a child’s life, but also the future of Guatemala and the world. Your gift, whatever its size, makes a huge difference.
1-“In order to break the cycle of poverty, Guatemala needs to drastically improve its education system,” Maya Traditions Foundation, http://www.mayatraditions.com/es/in-order-to-break-the-cycle-of-poverty-guatemala-needs-to-drastically-improve-its-education-system/, (September 17, 2015)
2-“Guatemala Country Profile,” Cooperative for Education. http://www.coeduc.org/guatemala/profile.html, (2016)
3-“State of Education in Guatemala,” The Global Education Fund, http://www.globaleducationfund.org/guatemala/