On November 10, 2004, Andrew E. Lieberman
organization, Asociacion Ajb'atz' Enlace Quiche, were honored at The Tech Museum Awards 2004 in San Jose, California, for their innovative work in overcoming barriers to education among the Mayan peoples in Guatemala.
ANDREW E. LIEBERMAN
Andrew Lieberman at the The Tech Museum Awards 2004
Andrew Lieberman, founder of Enlace Quiche, spoke to MY HERO at The Tech Museum Awards 2004 event about his organization's work in Guatemala:
The solution, Andrew
believes, lies in using information age technologies to preserve and strengthen Mayan cultures and foster locally-led development.
People have a right to their language and culture, and only if they are able to take technology and make it their own and see it as an opportunity for them to go back to what they believe, to go back to their culture, to go back to their roots and promote their language and culture through the Internet, then those are things that are going to build their self-esteem, their identity and their communities.
This is the key or prerequisite to any quality in the world, to any real kind of development that is going to be sustainable and really help the people.
acted on what he
believes and, along with his
organization, established a network of rural educational technology centers that empower indigenous teachers and students to encourage learning about their culture and language.
award-winning project helps Mayans "overcome multiple barriers, including poverty, lack of education, poor infrastructure and inadequate access.
The technology centers have proved to be self-sufficient, economically and technically.
has also successfully linked them to school currciula.
Andrew E. Lieberman