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By walking together youth can go farther

By Francisco Larra Bujalance

It was in the month of August, exactly 20 years ago, when I started the task to provide vocational counseling to more than 75 senior high school students from a public school in a marginalized neighborhood from Guatemala City. It was my first professional experience as a vocational counselor. While I was trying to provide them with professional profiles information and career paths that may be useful for them, I knew that very few would achieve enrollment in a public university in the next few months: the majority of them wouldn’t graduate and, in general, they would have to face directly the labor market without enough skills and low salaries.