Six students are graduating this year from our Carrera school, from our two-year Graphic Design career program. These are the first students to graduate from our school, so this is the first opportunity we have to see our vision truly fulfilled, completed. We spoke to Jasmin, the director of our carrera school, and asked her about her experience of the year and what this graduation means for our school.
“This graduation is a great achievement! We are, firstly, very happy for these first students and sad at the same time because they’re leaving. But we give thanks to God because God has been faithful to help us with all that was needed.
“There are many parents whose hope is here. We have a mother with six sons here: two who will graduate, Lord-willing, next year, and the others in primary school and basicos. There are many students who, if they weren’t here, wouldn’t be studying. When we went on a field trip to Guatemala City with the students from Accounting and Graphic Design, a professional in the field of education congratulated the students and our organization because on average, out of a hundred youth, only about five study at the carrera level. Instead, they drop out. We want to continue our work with our students, and I know that with God we can.
“I believe that a difference is being made in the lives of the majority of our students, first in their relationship with God, and also in their academic studies. There are many students here who, if they weren’t here, would already be parents. It’s true. There are others who, if they weren’t here, would be stuck in vices like alcoholism or drug addiction. But God has been faithful: they’re here and not there.
“I hope that Global Shore can continue its work because, although they are quite a few years away from carreras, I hope that my children can finish their carrera studies here too.
“I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all those who always financial support our school—from the primary students through to carrera—and want them to know that what they’re sowing God will multiply. I pray that the seed that they sow would flourish and multiply in their lives.”
We are so proud of our first carrera graduates and for Jasmin’s incredible leadership over the school. Hear from our graduates below:
“I wish I could have been here when I was really small. In my other schools I was bullied and I wasn’t close to God, but I’ve never been bullied here. This is a good place.”
“What’s impacted me the most is the teaching. It’s different than in other places where I’ve studied. Here they help you understand. The studying is also more advanced than other schools.”
“It makes me really happy and content to have a sponsor because I don’t just have my family and friends who care about me and my education, but I have a friend in Canada, too, who cares about me and wants me to succeed.”
“In other schools they don’t do devotionals like they do here—in other schools when you arrive you sit down, class starts and so does your day. The daily routine is boring. Here, instead, every day is different because not every devotional is the same—each devotional is special and different. It’s a great school which is truly different from other schools. ”
“This is the first time I’ve been in a school for so long. I’ve been here for eight years. I thought I wasn’t going to keep on going, that I wasn’t going to be here for carrera, but I think the Lord had different plans for me. I think he’s preparing me for something.”
“At this point I feel happy, not sad, because while I love the environment and everything here at the school, I believe that it’s time for us to leave and take responsibility for our lives. I’m going to miss this place a lot. It has been a great blessing not just for me but for my family too, because through me my family has been blessed by the school.”