Over the course of the last six months everything has drastically changed for GoPhil partner Aula Mágica, as has been the case for almost everyone around the globe. With strict lockdown enforced across Guatemala and classrooms closed since March, staff at Aula Mágica have been navigating uncharted waters as they learn how to adapt their programs and plan for the future. While restrictions have been lifted for many industries in Guatemala, classrooms remain closed.
According to UNESCO, approximately 1.2 billion students from more than 190 countries have been affected by the interruption of face-to-face education since mid-March. Of these, 168.5 million are in Latin America, and staff and teachers at Aula Mágica have most definitely felt the repercussions of school closures in their rural communities.
The following highlights the changes that have occurred at Aula Mágica during the first six months of 2020.