DOT-COM Activity: Guatemala - Proyecto Enlace Quiche
Short Description: dot-EDU continued the work of LearnLink in Guatemala, to introduce ICT to increase the ability of high school students who are preparing to become teachers, so that they may teach more effectively in bilingual environments.
Phase/Type of Activity: Signed Award Status: Completed
Start date: June 06, 2002 End Date: February 05, 2004
Person(s) to contact
Andrew Lieberman , Chief of Party-Enlace Quiche
Enlace Quiche , Academy for Educational Development
Full Description: dot-EDU continued the work of LearnLink in Guatemala, to introduce ICT to increase the ability of high school students who are preparing to become teachers, so that they may teach more effectively in bilingual environments.
Update: The project was successfully completed in February 2004. Wrapping up activities, a workshop was held in January entitled, Online Collaboration and Exploration-Bringing Project-based learning together with technology to Enliven learning for students for twelve teachers and two Enlace staff. Additionally, Microsoft donated $75,000 plus licenses earmarked for Enlace Quiché to help provide additional training and support for the CETEBIs. The donation will be made as $58,500 in cash and $16,500 in equipment to transfer Enlace to a self-sustaining NGO, as well as partial support from the dot-EDU leader award.
Enlace Quiché established a total of 20 CETEBIs (Bilingual Intercultural Educational Technology Centers) in and around the Quiché region of Guatemala. 12 are installed in or targeted to bilingual teacher-training schools. 8 are in rural Mayan primary schools. The centers are being used by Mayan students and teachers to create and share didactic resources in Spanish and Mayan languages. 45 school projects were carried out in 2003 and published in a 2-CD set and on the www.ebiguatemala.org web portal. Children as young as kindergarten are having their first experiences with computers using software in their native Mayan language.
Complementing its work with schools, Enlace has worked with government and non- government organizations. Enlace built capacity in three partner organizations to create interactive digital multimedia CDs. These institutions, with support from Enlace, developed six CDs for children and adults to learn more about Mayan languages.
Enlace also led the development of the ebiguatemala virtual community and web portal, forming an inter-institutional council to sustain it. By the end of the project, Enlace had trained 1,954 students, teachers, parents, and partners in complementary aspects of its vision of information and communications technologies being used as an integral part of the culturally and linguistically relevant education that is mandated in Guatemalas peace agreements.
To find out more, read the final project report.
Links and Files:
- Enlace Quiché: Using ICT Tools to Support Intercultural Bilingual Education - Final Report
This report describes the context, actions, and impact of Phase II of the Enlace Quiché project. This cooperative agreement was carried out from June 2002 through February 2003 under the dot-EDU leader award as a follow-on to the original Enlace activity begun in 2000 under LearnLink. The report shows how the lessons learned under LearnLink were applied to the new phase to create more impact in less time and with much better cost-benefit. It also describes the transition being made from a project wholly support by USAID to an independent NGO that will continue to build on the work begun in this activity.
- Enlace Quiche - Web site: http://www.enlacequiche.org.gt/
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