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Guatemala, San Antonio, Sololá
Escuela Oficial Urbana Mixta San Antonio School in Guatemala
Construction period: Oct 2018 – Oct 2019

Facts

Type of facility

Pre-primary, primary, and secondary school building

Students

525

Budget

€41,000

NGO partner

Education

Academic year

January – October (for primary to post-secondary education levels)

Literacy rate (15+ years old)

81.29 %

Attendance rate

Primary school – 94%
Lower secondary school – 52%
Upper secondary school – 31%

Out-of-school children

Children (6 – 11 years) – 246,375
Adolescents (12 to 14 years) – 385,857
Youth (15 – 17) – 680,289

Project implementation

The Escuela Oficial Urbana Mixta San Antonio is a school center consisting of one preschool, one primary, and two secondary schools. Previously, the 525 students in attendance shared 10 classrooms, leading to significant overcrowding. In October 2019, five additional classrooms were constructed creating a more adequate learning environment. Half of the project cost was fundraised by our partner CloudFest.

In addition to the new construction, CloudFest presented four laptops to the two secondary schools to help the students in their computing and graphic design classes, which were missing from these classes previously. Given that the schoolchildren are highly interested in improving their IT and graphic design skills, the Acronis Cyber Foundation is working to fund a computer lab and provide necessary IT equipment for such classes. As always, what seems trivial for some, can really turn lives of the others for better.

Premier Partners

News from the project

Update on COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Guatemala
Our NGO partner in Guatemala, San Antonio, Sololá, shared with us some news of the plans to distribute aid packages to the school community.
Guatemala school video
Have a look at the newly-extended school in Guatemala and feel the atmosphere of the celebratory school opening ceremony with us.
Acronis Cyber Foundation Opens New School in San…
Acronis Cyber Foundation and Cloudfest,  the world’s number one cloud computing conference, in partnership with the German charity Esperanza…
Joined forces for children in Guatemala
The Acronis Foundation and Cloudfest, the world’s largest cloud and hosting event, joined forces to fund a school construction project in…

About the country

Country

Republic of Guatemala

Capital city

Guatemala City

Population

15 million people

Currency

Quetzal (GTQ)

Major languages

Spanish, more than 20 indigeneous languages

Travel information

Guatemala is a tropical country with distinct wet and dry seasons.

The dry season/ summer – November to April – is the best time to visit Guatemala. The air becomes hazy and incredibly hot by mid-March in the lead-up to the rainy season, volcanoes become almost invisible.

In the wet season/ winter – May to October, the majority of rain falls in September and October. Rain usually appears as late afternoon downpours, rather than all-day showers.

Travel tips

Hotel recommendations

Guatemala City: Barcelo Guatemala City
Antigua: Posada de Don Rodrigo
Santa Catarina Palopo: Villa Santa Catarina

Places to eat

Chichicastenango: restaurant of the Mayan Inn Hotel
Solola: El Pescador
Guatemala City: Hibiscus Restaurante

Best souvenirs from the country

Guatemalan coffee, jade jewelry, textile, pottery, masks

Taxi

Taxis Sololá Comodidad Y Confort

Travel agencies

MARIOS TOURS

Interpreting services

ProZ

Proposed one week tour

Day 1: Guatemala City: Antigua

Day 2: Antigua: Acatenango volcano hiking

Day 3: Antigua: Coffee plantation tour

Day 4: Atitlan Lake boat tour, Mayan ruins visit

Day 5: San Antonio, Solola, School visit

Day 6: Chichicastenango market

Day 7: Monterrico black sand beaches

Visits to Mayan pyramids can be planned in your spare time during the visit.

Help by donating
If you believe in our mission and want to make an impact, you can support the Acronis Schools Initiative