Education and Human Rights in Guatemala: a talk with Jorge ChojolánEducation and Human Rights in Guatemala: a talk with Jorge ChojolánChase Auditorium2012-11-27T16:30:002012-11-27T17:45:00
November 27, 4:30PM–5:45PM
Jorge Chojolán will speak about the possibilities for democratic and humanitarian development in Guatemala through education and the potential impact on cultural norms and quality of life. His talk will be followed by a dinner discussion.
Jorge Chojolán is the founder and director of the Colegio de Miguel Ángel Asturias in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, an organization that aims to change educational policy in Guatemala by improving the curriculum and providing access to students left behind by insensitivity to their economic condition, race, language and other factors. The Colegio de Miguel Ángel Asturias’ vision for Guatemala is a nation that educates all of its people, and uses a curriculum based on social justice and critical thinking to break cycles of endemic poverty.
On Tuesday, November 27th, Jorge will give a talk at Haverford College about how education can be a tool for liberation. He will discuss the possibilities for democratic and humanitarian development in Guatemala through education, and the potential impact of this development on cultural norms and quality of life. Jorge spent time in exile during the Civil War, and his work stems from the belief that the nation’s history and current social realities must be an integral part of the school philosophy. Jorge has integrated the liberation education philosophy of Paulo Freire into the Colegio curriculum to offer his students a better understanding of the world they live in, and instill them with an understanding of their individual ability to improve society. His talk will be followed by a dinner discussion recommended for Spanish speakers, though all are welcome.
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