Thank you so much for your comment. Girl Pioneers are students at the MAIA Impact School, a secondary school created to maximize the potential of Maya girls by providing a high-quality education while supporting holistic socioemotional development and celebrating culture. The Impact School's curriculum integrates the United States Common Core standards with the Guatemala National Curriculum learning indicators and is aligned with the competencies necessary to pass the San Carlos University (USAC) entrance exam (Guatemala’s public and free university system). The most unique component of MAIA’s curriculum is that it combines these three components and then contextualizes it to the experiences of indigenous rural communities. The curriculum looks to develop these core competencies: critical thinking, excellence, resilience, growth mindset, vocal empowerment, cross-cultural code-switching, and negotiation to prepare Girl Pioneers for 21st-century opportunities. MAIA partners with dozens of national and international experts to introduce dynamic best practices into the Impact School. MAIA educator receive weekly professional development and coaching sessions to support them in the shift to virtual instruction and they adapt and evaluate their lesson plans based on student progress and feedback.
The pivot during the pandemic to remote online learning includes content created by MAIA educators and includes applications such as Khan Academy and Duolingo, to name a few.
You can read more about the MAIA Impact School here: https://www.maiaimpact.org/impact-school
Internet access is very challenging in remote areas in Guatemala. To address this, we have chosen tablets that can use SIM-cards so that we can purchase phone data plans that can provide internet access to the tablets. This has worked in the pilot of the first cohort of girls and we plan to expand this with the rest of the students at the MAIA Impact School.