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Colegio Bilingüe Intercultural “Paxil” 
 
 
As of April 2007, in collaboration with Colegio Bilingüe Intercultural “Paxil”, MEF started a highschool scholarship program in the Ixil area of Guatemala. This program provides opportunities for education to an average of 50 Maya students with financial need on a yearly basis, and general support to Colegio Paxil.
 
In January of 2008, MEF's staff visited the school, along with representatives from the Daniele Agostino Derossi Foundation who, on the basis of this trip, gave the Colegio a grant to acquire books, musical instruments, looms and weaving materials. Music instruction is now being provided and weaving classes now take place on Sundays. 
 
What is “Paxil”?

It is a sacred site for the Ixil Maya located in the village of Xo’lk’uay, Chajul, Quiché. According to historic oral accounts, the four colors of sacred corn (black, red, white, and yellow) were discovered in this site. To this day, Maya spiritual guides visit Paxil to ask for the blessing of the seeds through a Maya ceremony celebrated before, during, and after the corn crop. In the Ixil language, Paxil means “to spread, to reproduce”. 
 
Santa María Nebaj (often abbreviated to Nebaj) is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of El Quiché at an elevation of 1,900 m (6,234 ft). Santa María Nebaj is part of the Ixil Triangle, along with San Juan Cotzal and San Gaspar Chajul. Native residents speak the Mayan Ixil language.
 
 

The Colegio de Educación Bilingüe Intercultural “Paxil” is a non profit educational center operating with the financial support of parents and friends who share this center’s philosophy.

Located in Nebaj, it offers middle school level education to young people from rural communities in the Ixil region. It seeks to expand their involvement in highschool education with a technological, bilingual, and intercultural orientation. The Colegio follows norms that reflect contemporary education, keeping the teenagers within their geographical, cultural, and social environment, and allowing them to acquire up-to-date and contextualized knowledge by following the program established by the Ministry of Education. Thanks to a donation of six computers, a small computing center is available for the students to keep up with the technological advances.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Music class
 
Weaving class 
 
Weaving techniques