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Click on a student to learn more about them. While reading biographies, you might come across some unfamiliar terms having to do with the Guatemalan educational system.  To go to a quick Glossary click on the highlighted word in the student bio, or to go to a more complete description of the Guatemalan educational system, click here.


My name is Alba Rojas Xona. I was born in Coban Alta Verapaz. When I was three months old, my birth mother passed away due to a stroke. My birth father took my three older sisters with him to live in Guatemala City.   He left me with my aunt,

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My name is Alejandra Guadalupe Santos López. I was born on August 27, 2021 in a town called San Antonio Aguas Calientes, in a small house with my parents and maternal grandparents. Since I can remember, my life has not been easy at all, since my father has suffered from

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Armando 2020


My name is Armando Macz Col. I was born in 2003. When I was 2 years old, my mother had to fight between life and death due to a sickness, but thanks to the efforts of my family in raising funds for her care, we were able to save my

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Carlos Coc

My name is Carlos Coc Xol, I was born in El Estor, a town that is located about 8 hours northeast of Guatemala City, on the shore of the largest lake in Guatemala, Lake Izabal. I am the fifth child out of ten. I grew up speaking Q’eqchi’, a Mayan

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My name is Cornelio Poou Moran, I am 25 years old, and I was born in Coban, Alta Verapaz. I grew up in a humble house made out of wood. While other children were enjoying playing with their parents or were taken to school by them, in my case it

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I am Dinia Reina Caal Oxom, and I was born on September 20, 1999, in the village of Gancho Caoba II, Cobán, Alta Verapaz, where I currently live. I am from a humble family of eleven members, and my father is a farmer. I am the fifth of the children.

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Learn About The Guatemalan Education System

The educational system in Guatemala has some similarities and some differences from the one here in the US.  Like the American system, education is divided into primary (grades 1-6), middle (grades 7-9), and secondary (grades 10-12).  Unlike the US, only primary school is mandatory, and is the only level of education supported by the government.