Tumul K'in was officially inaugurated in January of 2002 but its history goes way back to 1997 when the Ukuxtal Masewal, The Maya Institute of Belize, gathered a group of its members to put their words and their minds together in an effort to harness the comparative advantages that the cultural and natural resources of Maya people offer for development and addressing the poverty crisis. The concept was supported by various Government Ministries including the Ministry of Education, which granted it a temporary school license, and the Ministry of Natural Resources, which granted a lease for 400 acres of land in the Cayo District for its establishment. In 2001 the Ministry of Agriculture committed the use of lands, dilapidated but useful infrastructure at the TRDP project site in Toledo and seed money. To move the project forward an alliance was formed between the Maya Institute of Belize, Toledo Maya Cultural Council, Q'eqchi' Council of Belize, Toledo Maya Women's Council, and the Toledo Alcalde Association. In January 2002, the Center was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Honorable Said Musa, and the doors were opened to 12 students.
Tumul K'in Center of Learning is a non-governmental Maya organization that promotes sustainable development with identity through intercultural education, training and research fusing modern and Maya values, knowledge and philosophy.
Philosophy and Core Values
Tumul Kin has come a long way in developing an intercultural program. They feel that the Maya values is their most unique and fundamental pillar/axis since it is a key ingredient that permeates and is evident in whatever Tumul Kin does. Maya values are based on a cosmic vision that speaks of the sacredness of humankind, nature and the cosmic, and the indissoluble relationship that exists between them. Within this cosmic vision everything has an important reason for being, a function and a protector, and hence the importance of harmony, respect and equilibrium in their actions and relationships.