education in guatemala

Why Children in Guatemala Need Education

If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty!

Providing Guatemalan children with the tools for critical thinking and skill development improves their quality of life, breaks the cycle of poverty, and gives them an opportunity to become leaders within their communities.

For many Guatemalan children living in rural, poverty-stricken areas, an education is the only hope for a positive future.

Guatemala Has Low Literacy Rates

Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and has a failing education system. In many poor communities, school fees for tuition, textbooks, uniforms, and supplies make it difficult for parents to send their children to school, resulting in low literacy rates.

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), nearly 31.7% of the country’s 12 million populate are illiterate, with illiteracy rates up to more than 60% in the indigenous population.

Education Keeps Children Safe

Guatemala is rated in the top 25 most dangerous places to live in the world and has one of the highest violent crime rates in Central America.

Education keeps children off the streets and in school. It provides an opportunity for a better future, higher learning, and enables individuals to give back to their communities.

Education Invests in the Economy

With a quality education, children in Guatemala are able to increase their earning potential and become leaders in their community as they grow.

Education helps liberate individuals, families, and entire communities from poverty by opening new doors of opportunity and increasing the chances of developing careers. In fact, every $1 invested in education and youth skills in developing countries generates $10-$15 in economic growth.

Give the Gift of Education

When you give the gift of education, you give Guatemalan children a chance to succeed.

Join Global Education Plus as we partner with organizations in Guatemala to provide education and resources to students and teachers, empowering them to pursue their dreams.

Sources:

1. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0019/001902/190214e.pdf

2. https://www.osac.gov/pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=19279

3. http://www.unesco.org/uil/litbase/?menu=16&programme=94

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