Guatemala is the largest country in Central America and has the largest population. Despite continued economic growth, the education sector presents enormous challenges.
Different partners have been working with Guatemala for several years to address those challenges, but results have been limited. Factors stalling progress include a lack of resources as well as lack of effective coordination mechanisms among partners and the government.
Bringing partners together to support education
The possibility of boosting coordination in the sector and accessing resources motivated Guatemala to engage with GPE in 2020. A newly established local education group agreed on an education sector plan and key activities to be prioritized.
The plan for 2020-2024 aims to ensure that children, adolescents and youth – especially those from indigenous backgrounds and living in rural areas – have access to quality education. Activities include improving the curriculum, school infrastructure and system resilience to crises, such as COVID-19.