In Guatemala, access to education for kids with Down Syndrome is not a reality.
“We are not prepared” and “It´s a big responsibility” are the phrases commonly used by educators prior to denying the opportunity of an education. Conventional kids are also being denied of the opportunity to learn from the differences, grow in patience, tolerance and the value of helping those in need.
Inclusion Down 502,fights to change this reality. We offer free workshops for educators of the private and public sector of Guatemala, as well as different media campaigns to educate and create awareness in our society. Workshops for families are also offered to educate and empower parents to fight for their children´s rights. With the support of the Education Ministry we have already reached more than 1,000 educators in three years.
There is a lot of work to be done. We need to educate and motivate many more teachers and directors to open their schools to Inclusive Education. We are in the final stretch for biggest event of the year. A workshop for 200 teachers given by an American Inclusive Educator expert, who is also a mother of two Down Syndrome Kids. We are sure that educators will finish this workshop with skills and motivation to start inclusive practices in their schools.
Help us multiply our efforts!
Diversity is a fact, Inclusion is an act!
Everyone knows the benefits of education. All of them apply for people with Down syndrome.
After 3 years of work we have reached 1,000 educators of the public and private sector of Guatemala. As well as several parents and close relatives of people with Down Syndrome that are now well informed and empowered. All of our events are free.
We have seen more public campaigns that include people with Down Syndrome and 3 schools that have become Inclusive, we will continue measuring the impact of our efforts by the number of schools that become Inclusive.
We hope that we will see a future where kids with Down syndrome can choose a school, not an institution that chooses kids by their condition.
Other countries in Central America like Costa Rica and El Salvador have achieve this change, we know Guatemala can also be a part of this reality.
For our next BIG event, we need $3,000.00
We need to fly our speaker to Guatemala and pay for her hotel, food and transportation for three days, as well as her professional fees. The donations , hopefully , will also cover the rent for the place where the workshop will take place, and the diplomas for the participants.
You can donate to our project as much as you like with a minimum of $5.
You can visit us at our FB fan page INCLUSION DOWN 502 and be a part of our volunteer team.
Remember that when you are nice and patient you are making a more inclusive and better society.
Karla Vanessa Garcia Cuellar
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