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Teacher Gerardo Ixcoy explains behind his plexiglass. Eleven-year-old Oscar Rojas listens to him and takes notes.


Gerardo Ixcoy in his tricycle with solar power and plastic walls. He's waiting at the door of a first grade student.


The 27-year-old teacher with a mask and hat: Everyone calls him "Lalito 10", his nickname from childhood.


Oscar is preparing for his class. He arranges exercise books and pens before his teacher Ixcoy visits him.


Oscar has also dressed for school at home, with a shirt and blue trousers he greets his teacher militarily. He says, "Teacher Lalito only comes over to teach me, but I'm learning a lot."


Gerardo Ixcoy at home with his wife Yessika Lopez at lunch. He says: "Once a mother said they had no more food. When I was about to leave after class, she called after me." She had got something to eat after all and wanted to share it with Ixcoy.


Today's topic: fractions. 14-year-old Brenda Morales asks her questions. The mop between the tricycle and the table serves as a reminder of the rules of distance.


Paola Ximena Conoz is also learning fractions today. To do this, she sat in front of her family's apartment.


Gerardo Ixcoy explains fraction calculations with a pizza box that he has brought with him.


Gerardo Ixcoy cycles past corn fields to the next student.


Math lesson on the whiteboard


Back home: Ixcoy with his three-year-old son Dylan after his day of work on the cargo bike


Ixcoy's tricycle lessons are born out of necessity. 42 percent of the people in his region are illiterate. In the province, only 13 percent of households have internet access.

When schools in Guatemala also closed in mid-March due to the corona virus, it soon became clear to the teacher Gerardo Ixcoy that distance learning with his students in a farming community in the western highlands of Guatemala would not get very far. "I tried to send worksheets and explanations to the children via WhatsApp, but they didn't reply," he says. For example, the parents told him that they had no money for more data or that they couldn't help their children understand the explanations. So he bought a used cargo bike with his savings and converted it into a school replacement. Now he always has a blackboard and teaching materials with him when he cycles through Santa Cruz del Quiche. Solar cells on the temporary roof provide electricity so that the students can also listen to an audio file. To protect against the virus, he installed plexiglass panes. He visits every child at home with his mobile classroom at least twice a week. You only have short lessons, but they are intensive.