Alternative Middle School in San Andrés

 

It all started when...

Sister Celeste Derr began building classrooms in 1991and continued until just before sheleft Guatemala. The property is still being improved with new bathrooms and cooking facilities added.

Sister Celeste Derr began building classrooms in 1991and continued until just before sheleft Guatemala. The property is still being improved with new bathrooms and cooking facilities added.

 
 
The Graduation Procession

The Graduation Procession

In 1991, Sister Celeste Derr restarted an alternative primary and Junior high school now run by teachers who graduated from the school and went on to high school and college with scholarships provided by the program.  The acronym for the school is "IGER" standing for "Instituto Guatemalteco Educativo Radiofanico" because the basic curriculum was developed by a German Jesuit for broadcast over the radio.  The curriculum is specially designed for students who can only attend classes 2 days per week and in San Andres it is taught by teachers who speak K'iche, the Mayan language spoken locally, and Spanish since many of the students are not proficient in Spanish.

The foundation spends about $21,500 a year operating the school, including teachers' salaries, books, and lunch. 105 students are enrolled this year and it costs about $195 per year for each student.