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Our Mission

Our mission is to be the leading educational center in high-quality educational formation, under Christian principles and values. We train, form, and shape successful young people by educating them in every word of science, wisdom, and in the fear of God. We graduate our students with social consciences and positive leadership skills that contribute to the development of Guatemala. Through these efforts, we equip our students with marketable job skills to break the cycles of poverty. 

We included "Josué," which means "Joshua," in our school's name to help us be mindful of Joshua 1:9. This verse was spoken over us by our church when we founded our school. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." 

The Situation

Providing a good education for its children is one of the many challenges that a third world country must face. Historically, an education has been out of reach for the majority of Guatemalans. Guatemala has struggled to provide an educational system that is broadly accessible, high quality, and uninterrupted. According to 2018 data from UNESCO, only about 50% of Guatemalans complete secondary school, the Guatemalan equivalent of U.S. high school. These problems are even worse in the more rural interior of the country, where the average number of years of study is only 1 to 3 and the government's contributions are minimal.  Lack of a functional education system is driven by multiple complex factors, including poverty, social, political, linguistic and geographic factors. With a high percentage of its population living on less than $2/day, many families cannot afford to keep their children in school. The education problem demands a broad solution for the large number of young people in Guatemala. 

Centro Educativo Josué is here to fill this need for education. We provide an uninterrupted program that starts at the Guatemalan equivalent of pre-K and continues all the way through high school. We teach a variety of subjects under Christian principles and values, including almost non-existent areas in the national system like science, English language, fine arts, and intercultural connections. Our students learn how to be good citizens through citizenship workshops; they learn how to improve their own health as well as the wellbeing of the environment. They also learn skills like baking and cooking to increase their future employment opportunities.