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Education in Honduras. Amanda Fox. History . Education became national and public in the 1950’s. Private schools for the wealthy, the remainder were uneducated Now compulsory (by law) and free for children 7-14 years of age. Typical Schools. Primary School Grades 1-6 Secondary School

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history
History
  • Education became national and public in the 1950’s.
  • Private schools for the wealthy, the remainder were uneducated
  • Now compulsory (by law) and free for children 7-14 years of age
typical schools
Typical Schools
  • Primary School
    • Grades 1-6
  • Secondary School
    • Grades 7-9
  • Specialized Program
    • Grades 9-12
  • Higher Education
    • Vocational/Technical school or University
typical schools4
Typical Schools
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • February to November school year
  • Poor buildings/roofs etc
  • Crowded:
    • Up to 80 in a classroom
  • Lack up-to-date:
    • Books, materials, and teaching methods
typical teachers
Typical Teachers
  • Poorly trained
  • Underpaid ($310/month) with little chance of increase
  • Lack resources
  • Lack strong unions
  • School systems lack funds as well
typical students
Typical Students
  • Come from poor and illiterate families
  • Malnourished (or near malnourished)
  • Wake up at 5:00 to do chores and travel
  • Lack resources
    • School supplies, clothing, transportation
  • Drop out
typical honduran family
Typical Honduran Family
  • Extremely impoverished
  • Rely on child labor
  • Lack transportation
  • Uneducated
surprising statistics
Surprising Statistics
  • Illiteracy – 40%-80% (rural – urban)
  • HIV/AIDS can affect up to 14% of pop.
  • Lower middle income average: $1,400
    • 175,000 children don’t receive formal education each year
    • 97,0000 students drop out to work for family each year
surprising statistics17
Surprising Statistics
  • Most children aren’t schooled past grade 9 (only 35%)
  • 60% complete 6th grade
  • Between 1% - 8% go on to college
    • Vocational, technical, or UNAH (30,000)
  • 4.5% of GDP spent on education
    • (5.2% of US GDP spent on education)
improvements
Improvements
  • To improve poverty, illness, etc: IMPROVE EDUCATION!
  • Canada: $20 million
  • United States: $80 million
  • New textbooks, teacher training, vocational programs, etc
sources
Sources
  • Canada Invests in Education in Honduras. CanadaInternational Development Agency <http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/cida_ind.nsf/0/04e5ab501ab3c57485256d0600 565fc5>.
  • Cordeau, Nicole. The Silent Killer.Honduras this Week: Online. <http://www.marrder.com/htw/national.htm>.
  • EDstats Summary Education Profile: Honduras. World Bank, Edstats. <http://devdata.worldbank.org/edstats/SummaryEducationProfiles/Countr yData/GetShowData.asp?sCtry=HND,Honduras >.
  • Education. CountryStudies.us. <http://countrystudies.us/honduras/58.htm>.
sources20
Sources
  • Huyser, Abram. Honduras: Futile Strike?. Platinamerica Press, Article Archives. <http://www.lapress.org/Summ.asp?lanCode=1&couCode=14>.
  • Learning in Honduras. <http://www.settlement.org/cp/english/honduras/learning.html>.
  • The Improvement of Basic Education in Honduras through Teacher's Training at University level. German American Exchange Service. <http://www.daad.de/de/download/entwicklung/veranstaltungen/2004_dies/wk3_honduras.pdf>.
  • USAID: Honduras. United States Agency for International Development. <http://www.usaid.gov/hn/education.htm>.