Nicaragua

Country Profile

Officially known as the Republic of Nicaragua, Nicaragua is the largest country in the Central American isthmus. Managua, Nicaragua’s largest city and capital, ranks as the third largest city in Central America. The country is bordered to the northwest by Honduras, to the east by the Caribbean, to the south by Costa Rica, and to the southwest by the Pacific Ocean. It covers an area of 130,967 km^2. The country mainly has three geographical regions: fertile valleys, the Amerrisque Mountains, and the Mosquito Coast. The fertile valleys are located where the Spanish colonists had originally settled; the Amerrisque Mountains are located in the North-central highlands; and the Mosquito Coast is located in the Atlantic/Caribbean lowlands. Furthermore, the two largest freshwater lakes in Central America are both located in Nicaragua. Nicaragua's unique ecosystem has allowed the country to acquire 90% of their energy from renewable sources.

During the 16th century, Nicaragua was conquered by the Spanish empire, however they were able to gain back their independence in 1821. However, unlike the rest of Nicaragua, the Mosquito Coast was first colonized by the English during the 17th century, and it eventually became an autonomous region of Nicaragua in 1860. But before the Spanish or the English had come, Nicaragua was inhabited by various indigenous cultures. Currently, the country’s largest ethnic group are the mestizos (69%). Most Nicaraguans are of Spanish descent, but 17% of the population is white and 9% of the population is black. In terms of religion, Nicaragua has no official religion, and people are permitted to practice whatever religion they want. As for languages, while Spanish is spoken throughout the country, there is a great deal of variety with the Spanish spoken from town to town.

POPULATION

6,719,454 (as of September 2021)

CAPITAL

Managua, Nicaragua

CURRENCY

Nicaraguan córdoba

FUN FACT

Nicaragua Is Highly Prone To Natural Disasters

Our Efforts

Problems Observed

While attending school is free in Nicaragua, many students can not attend if their families need them to work. According to Nicaragua.com only 65% of primary school children were enrolled in school and only 22% actually finished all six years. Furthermore, there is a large divide between urban and rural education systems. In rural areas, some schools only offer one or two years of schooling. Furthermore, only 8% of the population enrolled in a university. 23% of the population still remain illiterate, and secondary educational institutions are considered too expensive for the vast majority of Nicaraguans.



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Our Response

General Summary of our work:
In Nicaragua, Strive2Thrive Edu offers a variety of classes to orphans who have experienced traumatizing events in their past. We believe that each student deserves the right to a quality education, and we are doing our best to make sure that these students receive that. We provide both English and math classes to these children. Through our classes, our students are not only learning more information, but they are also building their confidence and speaking skills. This will allow them to become leaders of their community and stronger students, so that they can continue pursuing a higher education.

Importance of our work section and some of the impacts:
By providing classes to these Nicaraguan orphans, we are giving them exposure to a quality education they might not have been able to receive otherwise. We are building their academic foundation, so that in the future, they can pursue a higher education and successful job. Our classes not only teach the students important math and English concepts, but they also help build the students confidence and speaking skills. Our partnership with this orphanage is giving these students a chance for a brighter future.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Alignment

 
 

  • 4.1 FREE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
  • 4.5 ELIMINATE ALL DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive Edu is partnered with an orphanage in Nicaragua. By partnering with this orphanage, we are providing a free, quality education to these orphans that they might not have been able to receive otherwise.

  • 16.6 DEVELOP EFFECTIVE, ACCOUNTABLE AND TRANSPARENT INSTITUTIONS
  • 16.7 ENSURE RESPONSIVE, INCLUSIVE AND REPRESENTATIVE DECISION-MAKING
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive Edu always sends honest reports about students’ progress and scores to any of our partner organizations. We will consult them about classes through meetings and include their input. We believe it is important that all parties know what is going on and are included in important decisions.

  • 17.16 ENHANCE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
  • 17.17 ENCOURAGE EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: The partnership Strive2Thrive Edu has with the orphanage in Nicaragua supports many of the Sustainable UN Goals. This partnership is beneficial in helping provide the orphans with a quality education and eradicating Nicaragua’s educational inequalities.

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