School retention in Guatemala is an ongoing challenge: approximately 40% of students who start in first grade leaving school before completing sixth grade.
Since 1994, Colegio Miguel Angel Asturias has worked to provide affordable, quality education to the children of low-income families in Quetzaltenango in an effort to break the cycles of ethnic discrimination, sexism, poverty and violence in Guatemala.
The school emphasises critical thinking and dialogue over rote memorisation. The Ministry of Education named the organisation one of the top six schools (out of 240) in Quetzaltenango.
Colegio Miguel Angel Asturias plans to use the Global Rising Star award to establish an endowment fund that will guarantee financial stability and help to fund the school's expansion plans.