Bayron Isaac Monzón is a current training participant from San Marcos, a small mountainous village in the west of Guatemala near the country’s border with Mexico. In an interview with MCC, he spoke of how the teaching courses have taught him innovative ways to teach that focus on practical application of mathematics. While the COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges to teaching, he has been able to successfully teach his students, and he credits the training he has received through the program.
Monzón spoke of how teachers are often agents of change and development in their communities. In a country like Guatemala that has faced human development challenges such as low levels of education and high levels of poverty and inequality, the training program has given both teachers and their students opportunities to succeed. Moreover, Monzón spoke of hope. While some Guatemalans are migrating for reasons including a perceived lack of economic opportunities, he believes that his students can work hard, receive a strong and effective education, and find a future in Guatemala. In the words of Monzón, “Guatemala is a multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic, humble, and sincere country, and with a quality education system the country can move forward.”