For the Government of Nicaragua, investing in early childhood education is a high priority. It presents an ideal window of opportunity to better prepare children for primary school and help them to learn more and better.
GPE currently supports Nicaragua with a US$16.7 million grant that, together with external and national funding, has already achieved remarkable results in improving access quality preschool education in the country.
Nicaragua’s ministry of Education informs that two-thirds of the country’s 3-5 year old children are now enrolled in preschool programs, compared to only half in 2010.
Investments in early childhood care and education, combined with other efforts, have also helped reduce the primary school dropout and repetition rates. Between 2008 and 2015, the dropout rate decreased by 8 percentage points reaching 3.3% and the repetition rate decreased by 9 percentage points reaching 2.2%*.
*Source: Nicaragua’s draft education sector plan for 2017-2021