Youth Education & Development Issues in Bolivia

One in every seven children in Bolivia does not complete primary school. Over one million Bolivian citizens over the age of 15 are unable to read or write. Education issues are exponentially worse in rural areas with children averaging only 4.2 years of school, while urban children average 9.4 years. The majority of Bolivians never reach secondary schools. Again, rural children face added challenges with language, due to Quechua and Aymara not being the languages taught in schools. With little bilingual education, many students drop out of school. However, the main reason for a lack of widespread education, particularly in rural regions, is the need for children to work and support family income. Without sufficient resources, families cannot invest in the education of their children. Instead, short term needs require that children never acquire the skills needed to pull the family out of poverty.

FSD works with schools, childcare centers, and directly with socioeconomically excluded families to try and pull them out of a poverty trap via education. By working to educate both adults and children, communities are able to gain the knowledge needed to mobilize change. Families learn vocational and academic skills, along with much needed sex and health education that opens opportunities and allows them to make informed decisions about their future lives. Your help in building better schools, teaching curriculum, or offering childcare is crucial to empowering families and profoundly affecting the opportunities available to them.

Read more about Education & Development programs and opportunities initiated by our Community Partners in Bolivia.

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