in Nicaragua…

Out of 100 children who start the first grade this year, 51 of them will complete the 5th grade.

The average Nicaraguan adult aged 25-40 has 4.6 years of formal schooling.

Nicaragua spends $62 per year per student in public primary or secondary school.  In contrast, the United States spends an average of $10,600.

Lack of training and low income cause many teachers to abandon their profession.

Education Correlated with Child Welfare

Education is positively correlated with important benchmarks in child health and welfare in the developing world:

  • Gender equality
  • Child health and disease prevention
  • Reduction in teen pregnancy rates

Community libraries are hubs for education and social justice

In many areas of Nicaragua, a family’s ability to send their children to school is hindered by distance, lack of school supplies, and competing demands on scarce resources. Community libraries provide families with access to books, art supplies, and special services that help children get the education they need, when and how they need it.

Currently, only 5% of Nicaragua’s 1.7 million children have access to a community library. You can help us change that.