Guatemala, officially known as the Republic of Guatemala, is the most populous country in Central America, and its capital, Guatemala City, is the largest city in Central America. It is bordered to the north and west by Mexico, to the northeast by Belize and the Caribbean, to the east by Honduras, to the southeast by El Savidor, and to the south by the Pacific Ocean. For the most part Guatemala is mountainous with a few patches of desert. There are two mountain chains that enter Guatemala from the East and West and divide the country into three major regions: the highlands, the Pacific coast, and the Petén region. The highlands are where the mountains are located; the Pacific coast is south of the mountains; and the Peten region is north of the mountains. Most of the major cities are located on the Pacific coast and in the highlands. These three regions vary drastically in climate, elevation, etc, giving them very contrasting climates.
Guatemala’s population has grown exponentially since the 1900s. In 1900, it only had a population of 885,000 and now its population exceeds 18 million. Its median population is around 20 years-old, meaning it is one of the youngest countries in the world. In fact only 4.4% of the population were categorized as 65 years or older. Compare this to the 41.5% of the population who are under 15. Guatemala’s sole official language is Spanish and 93% of its population speaks it. However, there are an additional 21 Mayan languages spoken in the country, especially in rural areas. The largest religion in this country is Roman Catholicism, which was introduced by the Spanish during the colonial era. Ethnically, most Gutemalians (56%) identify as Ladino, meaning they have mixed indigenous and European heritage. However Mayans, with around 42%, are not far behind.
18,334,088 (as of October 2021)
Guatemala City, Guatemala
22 languages are spoken in the country
According to Wikipedia, Guatemala has a literacy rate of 74.5%, making it the least literate country in Central America. Even though schools are free, the cost of uniforms, supplies, etc. make it less accessible to the poor. Furthermore, according to Child Aid, Guatemala's education system is severely underfunded and the quality of education received is very poor In fact, most teachers don’t have books and have to make due with newspaper scrapes and outdated textbooks. Based on research done by the UNESCO, in 2019 only 22% of students pursued an education beyond high school.
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General Summary of our work:
In Guatemala, Strive2Thrive Edu is partnered with a girls' children’s home. This helps reduce gender inequalities in the country by ensuring that these young female students are able to receive a quality education, just like their male counterparts. Furthermore, this partnership allows us to direct our attention on organizations and students who need it the most. We believe that every child has the right to a quality education, and we are working hard to ensure that we deliver it to these students. Our tutors provide quality lessons to these students, including women’s empowerment classes and good health and hygiene classes.
Importance of our work section and some of the impacts:
Strive2Thrive Edu’s work in Guatemala helps reduce gender inequalities in education, as we partner with a girls’ children’s home. Furthermore, the classes our tutors teach here instill important lessons in these students at a young age. For example, we provide a women empowerment class to help our female students reach their full potential, and we provide a health and hygiene class, which is especially important for keeping our students safe during the pandemic.
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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) Section:
- Good Health and Well-Being
- Quality Education
- Gender Equality
- Reduced Inequalities
- Partnerships for the Goal
- 3.3 FIGHT COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
- 3.4 REDUCE MORTALITY FROM NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH
- 4.1 FREE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
- 4.5 ELIMINATE ALL DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION
- 5.1 END DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS
- 5.5 ENSURE FULL PARTICIPATION IN LEADERSHIP AND DECISION-MAKING
- 10.1 REDUCE INCOME INEQUALITIES
- 10.3 ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND END DISCRIMINATION
- 17.16 ENHANCE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
- 17.17 ENCOURAGE EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS