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On February 2, Ambassador Popp joined Guatemalan Minister of Culture Felipe Aguilar and Minister of Education Claudia Ruiz, and Mayor Valez of Nebaj to formally launch the Alliance for Education, a public-private initiative to provide at least 750 repatriated and other youth in Nebaj, Quiché with the vocational and professional skills they need to find jobs.
This alliance includes the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Nebaj Municipal Government, Taiwan, TIGO, the Mario López Estrada Foundation, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the Technical Institute for Training and Productivity (INTECAP).
The Alliance is supported by the U.S. government through USAID’s flagship youth workforce development project, implemented by WorldVision. The Alliance will support the Guatemalan Government to increase and improve education and employment opportunities for returning migrants and other youth and reactivate the local economy in Quiché.
In his remarks, Ambassador Popp commended the Government of Guatemala, Taiwan, TIGO, and the other partners for coming together to construct this important alliance. He noted that it will enable youth to gain the skills they need to prosper and lead fulfilling lives in Guatemala and not resort to irregular migration.