Challenge: Quality of education in rural Guatemala is dismal, rewarding wrote memorization, silence during class, and proper handwriting above all else. Under-trained teachers often do the best they can, but particularly at the middle school level they have no professional development opportunities and no classroom resources. Many frequently have to survive for months at a time without pay due to government delays.
Methodology: Through a series of workshops modeling creative pedagogies teachers were encouraged to engage and develop their student's creativity. They were also empowered to replicate innovative design tools together with students and parents to identify and prioritize challenges being faced by the school, then to design and implement small-scale solutions.
Results: 92% of teachers responded that they had changed their classroom methodologies to promote more student creativity. Over three states, schools were improved through hundreds of communally-designed projects, led by rural teachers together with parents and students. Funds for these projects were raised by each individual group using their own resources and relationships.