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The country of Nicaragua forms a natural bridge between the North and South American continents and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. As the largest country in Central America, its location has caused Nicaragua to become the crossroads of many Nicaragua Map Website 9999cultures for centuries. However, this strategic position has also resulted in a complex historical narrative ravaged by long-standing political turmoil.

Nicaragua has overcome several years of civil war and political strife to become one of the safest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Despite recent advancements and increased stability, the consequences of this strife still exist. Nicaragua still struggles to meet the UN Millennium Development Goal of universal education, meaning that not all children have access to education. Students who do attend school, these children only attend for a few hours in the morning or evening and work the remainder of the day. This shortened schedule has long-lasting consequences, as currently only 78% of the 15+ population is literate, well below the average of its Latin American and Caribbean neighbors.

Rural areas bear the brunt of this lack of resources. While nationwide Nicaragua has about 93.5% enrollment in primary education, it is only 50% in some municipalities. Only 20% of the schools that do exist in rural areas have access to electricity. Almost 27,000 students attend classes “under a shelter” or “under trees” where school building infrastructure does not exist. Teachers in these areas also do not have access to training and are often times overworked.

While the situation may seem bleak, Nicaragua has made strides within the last decade to improve access to education throughout the country. The Raechel and Jackie Foundation (RJF) recognizes these successes and partners with local community leaders, government and NGOs to address the issues faced in rural communities. By improving the access, quality and relevance of education in these areas, RJF helps community leaders break down the barriers to community empowerment, ensuring a more prosperous future for all Nicaraguans.

For more information about our programs, please visit the Impact section.


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