The Critical Need

“Fewer than three out of every ten Guatemalan children entering primary school make it as far as 6th grade. The problem is more serious in rural and indigenous areas.”


Nearly 50% of all (Guatemalan) students fail first grade, these children are more likely to fail again and drop out. At all levels of school, the poor, particularly girls and rural indigenous children of both genders, have less access to basic education.

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Source: USAID/Guatemala; Education Access, Quality and Equity in Guatemala, Latin American Profiles 1999-2004


Deficiencies in educational quality lead 76% of all rural children who enter first grade to drop out before completing primary school, which ends at 6th grade. This situation is exacerbated by poor health conditions, child malnourishment and child labor, since many poor children must contribute to their family’s income. Almost 50% of all students fail first grade, these children are more likely to fail again and drop out. At all levels of schooling, the poor, particularly girls and rural indigenous children of both genders, have less access to basic education.

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Source: USAID/Guatemala; Education Access, Quality and Equity in Guatemala, Latin American Profiles 1999-2004.