Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and has the world’s highest murder rate. More than half of the population lives in poverty and per capita income is one of the lowest in the region.
The country suffers from extraordinarily unequal distribution of income, as well as high underemployment. While historically dependent on the export of bananas and coffee, Honduras has diversified its exports to include apparel and automobile wire harnessing. Honduras’s economy depends heavily on US trade and remittances. Recently, it has become a hub for international call centres.
Honduras was declared one of the heavily indebted poor countries by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The increased productivity needed to break Honduras’ persistent high poverty rate depends, in part, on further improvements in education.
Honduras has among the lowest education indicators in Latin America and Caribbean Regions.
Although school is provided by the government, many children are unable to attend because their families cannot afford uniforms and school supplies. Many children are also forced to leave school for work at a young age to help support their families. Lack of security is also a concern.
There are many problems with the basic educational system provided by the government, including lack of resources and schools, teacher strikes, poor teacher training and no system of school accountability. In 10 of the 18 departments Honduras is divided in, more than 90% of the students need to repeat grades.
Since the public school system is only free up to the 5th grade, poor families have almost no access to education past the 6th grade and only 30% of Honduran children attend a high school.
Many of the parents in the communities we work with have very low education levels themselves, and as a result most have insecure jobs and living conditions.
Our Work Here
Generation Rising is currently expanding into Honduras by partnering with local churches and groups who have a vision to provide a quality education in their community.
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