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Bilingual Education in Guatemala

Since the 16th century when Spain colonized Guatemala, Spanish was imposed as the official language and became the sole language taught in schools. Through UNICEF's teacher program, Guatemalan students begin school in their native tongue and are gradually introduced to Spanish. By the end of primary school, students are fluent in Spanish and ready for the outside world. 

UNICEF is committed to bilingual education because we believe that every child has the right to education in their native tongue. In this video, you follow a young girl, Monica, who is currently learning in both Spanish and Cakchiquel in school. "Every child needs an opportunity to develop their potential, otherwise we might lose them forever," -- Teresa Chumil, Elementary School Teacher.

UNICEF is committed to bilingual education because we believe that every child has the right to education in their native tongue. In this video, you follow a young girl, Monica, who is currently learning in both Spanish and Cakchiquel in school. "Every child needs an opportunity to develop their potential, otherwise we might lose them forever," -- Teresa Chumil, Elementary School Teacher.

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