Lectures on promoting democracy & human rights through education & libraries in Guatemala

Monday, November 19, 2012 18:00toTuesday, November 20, 2012 20:00

The McGill Student Committee of Librarians Without Borders is pleased to welcome Mr. Chojolán to Montreal for three public events. Please join us and hear his inspiring story!

Jorge Chojolán – an internationally recognized social entrepreneur, educator, and human rights activist – was born into the indigenous Mayan community in the deeply inequitable society of Guatemala. Despite the barriers before him, he rose to achieve a university degree and went on to found the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in the predominantly indigenous city of Quetzaltenango. His goal is to transform his society through education at the school by educating and empowering some of Guatemala’s most vulnerable children: girls, the indigenous and the poor. Mr. Chojolán will discuss the importance of education to democracy in Guatemala and speak about the Academy’s unique educational model. 

This event is presented by Librarians Without Borders (www.librarianswithoutborders.org).


1. Libraries and education in Guatemala 

When: Monday, November 19, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm . Where: McGill campus, Thomson House basement, 3650 rue McTavish  

Generously co-sponsored by L'Association des bibliothécaires du Québec Library/Quebec Library Association. Light refreshments will be served. 

2. Indigenous issues and human rights in Guatemala  

When: Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 12:00-1:30 pm . Where: McGill campus, Peterson Hall, room 116, 3460 rue McTavish 

Generously co-sponsored by The Centre for Society, Technology and Development (STANDD) at McGill University. Lunch will be served. 


3. Education in Guatemala and Asturias’ unique curriculum, based on Paulo Freire’s philosophy

When: Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm. Where: Concordia campus, Hall Building, room H-441, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd West

Generously co-sponsored by the Department of Education and the Loyola College of Sustainability and Diversity at Concordia University.


 Everyone is welcome! The presentations will be delivered in Spanish and simultaneously translated into English.

 RSVP: Fill out this form: http://bit.ly/LWBeventMcGill or e-mail megan.fitzgibbons [at] lwb-online.org () by November 15.

 Please confirm your attendance as space is limited!

 **Librarians Without Borders is not in any way affiliated with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. Doctors Without Borders is a registered trademark of Bureau International de Médecins Sans Frontières.

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