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Juniata Hosts presentation by Guatemalan educator

(Posted November 26, 2012)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College will host a presentation on "Education for Development and Social Justice in Guatemala" by Jorge Chojolán, founder of Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig center for Science.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Juniata has been a partner, with the Stone Church of the Brethren, with Asturias Academy since 1999. The church and faculty, staff and students from the college have traveled to Quetzaltenango numerous times in the past 15 years, providing financial support and sponsoring medical and educational delegations to the school since 2002.

Jorge Chojolán is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur and educator. He was born into the indigenous Mayan community in Guatemala. He completed his bachelor's degree in economics and founded the academy in 1995.

Chojolán's goal is to transform Guatemalan society through education by empowering some of the country's most vulnerable children: young women, the indigenous and the poor.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.