SALT LAKE CITY, April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CHOICE Humanitarian, in connection with Microsoft Edge, is launching a first-ever program today designed to empower Guatemalan women to become literate in Spanish. An introductory video of the program can be found here: https://vimeo.com/213597350/9982dfcaaa “Working with Microsoft Edge, we chose Guatemala because language and geographical barriers separate the Q’eqchi’ (Kekchi) population from the rest of the Spanish-speaking country,” said Christopher Johnson, CHOICE Humanitarian economic development director. “This program is geared to women because when a woman can read, it is powerful for a family, a community and everyone around her.” No university in Guatemala teaches in Mayan languages. Without learning Spanish, no Q’eqchi’ woman can enter college. “Today there are only men on the community development committees,” said Marta Coy, one of the first 18 women to take CHOICE and Microsoft Edge’s Accent program. “If I knew Spanish, I could become a community leader and bring projects that help women. “I want to be an example to guide my daughters to learn. They can become leaders and bring new things to the community.” The Accent program is unique because:
- It is open-source, which makes it adaptable for additional languages, curriculum, activities, etc.;
- It is geared toward adults with no technology experience;
- It teaches basic reading literacy skills and conversation in a second language;
- It does not require constant Internet connectivity; and
- It provides student performance analytics.