4 the World’s Education & Training Center opened on November 29, 2013. The center is a computer lab, internet café, trade school and language school all wrapped into one. 4 the World offers training programs for people to learn English, Spanish, Maya, basic first aid and CPR, computer skills, IT, and much more. The San Andrés community can use the Internet to access a world of information and networks.
The Education Center is one of the only facilities certified to teach English, Spanish, and Maya by the Ministry of Education. Teachers from many schools in San Andrés and surrounding communities come to the Education Center to learn English and take courses on computer training. Teachers then teach computer literacy to students in the school system.
Some of the programs are free, while other programs will help the center create revenue. The goal is for the center to be self-sustaining. Other ways the center will generate revenue is by the hourly fee to use computers or to access the internet, printing documents, scanning, and copying. We also sell refreshments such as water, juice, soda, and snacks like chips, cookies and crackers.
The center serves as a safe place for women to gain employment, for students to get help with school work, and for other organizations to meet. There are cultural dance groups that perform at the center so that young children and teens can learn about their culture. The center can be used as an emergency preparedness center to help inform the community during emergencies and natural disasters like flash flooding, drought or water shortages.
We do not plan to stop here as we would like to open more 4 the World Education and Training Centers, improve communication and education, create more employment opportunities, and make safe havens for boys and girls where they can learn and improve their own communities by volunteering.