Guatemalan Educational Landscape


Families that live in extreme poverty often see school as an impossible cost. Even public school carries costs, including books, uniforms, and transportation. Because parents have not experienced the increases in earning, quality of life, and personal dignity that come from education, they don’t know what they are missing by pulling a child out of school to work instead.

This is why it’s a cycle: children who grow up without education are less likely to send their own children to school.

Friends of Ninos de Guatemala

By providing a generation of Guatemalans with a quality education, we hope to replace a vicious cycle with a virtuous one.

Instead of poverty sowing seeds for still more poverty, education today will create an environment that leads to opportunities and education for successive generations as well.

Instead of leaving school to work, children will have the chance to raise their income, engage their intellectual curiosity, and live in a more stable society.


Guatemalan Literacy Rate

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1 in 4 people over the age of 15 are unable to read.

Guatemala has the lowest literacy rate in Central America

Average Schooling

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The average student only attends the first 4 years of school.