Posts Tagged ‘textbooks’

What You Make Possible in Just One Week

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Sit back and listen to some good news! Our Director of International Programs, Katie Camillus, wants to give you a “taste” of all the exciting things that happen in Guatemala in a typical week, thanks to your support! These stories range from playful to powerful: you won’t want to miss them!

Riding with Augusto

Friday, July 14th, 2017
Textbook Program Latin American Guatemala

Augusto Bal, CoEd Textbook Program Coordinator

While in Guatemala on a project tour this February, I got to climb into a truck with one of our Textbook Program Coordinators and ask him about his work. Augusto Bal is a jolly, Mayan grandpa of a man whose presence immediately calms and gladdens the heart. He has 23 years of experience in the field of education, many of which he spent as principal at various public schools and as the superintendent of Guatemala’s Chimaltenango department. Now, Augusto coordinates and supports Textbook Program activities such as recruitment of new schools, teacher training, book delivery, and providing support to the 193 schools already in the program. He’s passionate about the way our program inspires entire communities of people to place value on education, and permanently fills the need for textbooks through its sustainable model.

Check out what he had to say about the program and what it means to him, and remember—YOU are making all of Augusto’s wonderful work possible.


Santa Lucia: A School of Poets

Friday, May 19th, 2017

In February, 31 volunteers travelled to Guatemala with us and helped Santa Lucía middle school celebrate the inauguration of their Textbook Program.

It was a momentous occasion, filled with sunshine, laughter, music, dancing, and some very important words spoken by leaders of the local community. Today we’d like to share what they said with you! We’re convinced that this is a school full of poets, because their words on the importance of education were dazzling. Take it all in—these words were meant for YOU!

“Where there is education, there are no classes.”

Guatemala textbook program middle school


Orlando Chile Bucú: Turning Skills into Success

Friday, March 10th, 2017


“Tonight, please complete the even problems on page 268 and show up ready to compare your work with a partner’s tomorrow.” Many of us recognize these words as a typical end to a typical math class. But for students in rural Guatemala, there is nothing typical about these words. Nine out of ten middle schools in the regions where CoEd works do not have textbooks. “Learning” in these schools focuses on rote memorization instead of critical thinking. Students spend as much as 65% of class time just copying from the blackboard. (more…)

Our Newest Textbook Program Teachers Sound Off

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

This year our Textbook Program expanded to 16 new middle schools in the regions of El Quiché, Chimaltenango, Sacatepéquez, Quetzaltenango, Totonicapán, and Sololá. In June we surveyed the teachers at these schools to get their thoughts on how the program has begun to affect their teaching and their students. We were so excited by what they said, and you deserve to hear it! This is what your support is accomplishing in Guatemala:

What differences do you see as a teacher now that you have textbooks and training, compared to when you didn’t?


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CoEd Honored by Long-Time Textbook Program Community

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

On September 1st, nearly 300 people gathered in the town of Santiago Sacatepéquez to watch as Guatemala’s Ministry of Education bestowed its Merit of Honor Award on one worthy institution in the region of Sacatepéquez—and that institution was CoEd! According to our General Director of Operations, Rony, “the principals and teachers of the region proposed CoEd to be the recipient” of the award “thanks to its long and sustainable relationship with several schools in the Santiago Sacatepéquez municipality.”



The Moment of Inspiration

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to start your own nonprofit organization and grow it successfully for 20 years? In celebration of our 20th anniversary, one of our newest staff members sat down to interview the brothers who started it all. Stay tuned through this blog series to learn what kept Jeff in Guatemala, what mom and dad said when their boys switched from corporate to nonprofit, and why Jeff running over a chicken is one of Joe’s favorite moments in CoEd history.

Listen podcast-style to the snippet below or scroll down to read the full transcript for part 1. (Scroll down regardless to see some excellent throwback photos.)

Note: If you’re on mobile and don’t want to listen in the SoundCloud app, click “Listen in browser.”


20 Years Later—Are Textbooks Still Relevant?

Thursday, June 16th, 2016


We’ve done a lot together in 20 years, CoEd supporters! Lately, as you know, we’ve been pretty jazzed about our sixfold expansion of the Scholarship & Youth Development Program. We’re also re-engineering and expanding CORP, preparing for the grand opening of our new Education Center, and working on a stupendous Early Childhood Development collaboration.

With the excitement of all of these new projects (not to mention the increasingly important role of technology like e-readers and tablets across the globe), it can be natural to wonder: Are textbooks still relevant?

Well, according to the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in January, YES. (more…)

Edgar Elías Colop: Receiving the Gift of Education

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Two days after Edgar Elías Colop’s 15th birthday, he received an unlikely gift—textbooks from complete strangers. Like all of his fellow ninth-graders at Parracaná Cooperative School in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, Edgar had never used textbooks in class until the CoEd Textbook Program arrived and changed everything. Edgar and his classmates now get to study with math, social studies, Spanish, and science textbooks for a small monthly fee that goes into a revolving fund managed by CoEd. After five years, enough money will be saved to begin purchasing new books, making the Textbook Program 100% sustainable after the initial investment.


Edgar shows off the book he’s most excited to use.

“My favorite subject is math,” says Edgar, flipping excitedly through the pages of a brand new book. Edgar has wanted to be an engineer ever since his mother told him all about it when he was little. (more…)

Guatemala Field Report: Mario Yac Discusses the Textbook Program

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
Maria del Carmen classroom

Recent classroom scene at Maria del Carmen

Mario Yac, one of the Textbook Program’s fearless leaders, shares some valuable insight regarding one of the schools that entered the program this year. We visited Maria del Carmen on the February Snapshot tour, and the best word to describe the school would be… timid. The community as a whole was very shy and it was hard to get parents and students to participate in the inauguration ceremony. Knowing that cultural background makes Mario’s recent observations at the school incredibly interesting

Before CoEd came to Maria del Carmen, the students were so timid; the teachers would ask questions and no one would respond. I spoke with the teachers regarding this and everyone agreed that it was because the majority of students speak the indigenous language of Quiché and so it was difficult for them to express themselves in Spanish. I wasn’t convinced.