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Bound on the north by Honduras, on the south by Costa Rica, on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the east by the Caribbean Sea, Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. The country is Nicaragua Map Website 9999home to two of the largest fresh water lakes in the region and more than 70 legally protected natural reserves that collectively cover approximately 26% of the country┬┤s landmass.

Although rich in biodiversity, Nicaragua is currently recognized as being one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Over 30% of the population lives below the poverty line and access to basic services is a daily struggle. Abbreviated school days combined with teacher and student poverty has resulted in poor education ithroughout the nation. Approximately 55 percent of children complete primary school and enter into secondary school, and during secondary school the rate of completion continues to drop. The children that do attend school only attend for a few hours in the morning, or evening and work the remainder of the day. While attendance rates have increased in the last 10 years, university entrance exams demonstrate a continuous pattern of poor education quality in schools. At the center of this issue, is the fact that many teachers lack basic qualifications and are very poorly paid for their profession. In addition, school/classroom environments are not always conducive to learning as they face a shortage of basic resources and essential infrastructure. Despite these obstacles, many individuals and communities are eager to find a more just and sustainable way to provide opportunities for its people.

As Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and the least populated with over half of its population below 23 years of age, the country is uniquely positioned for growth and opportunity over future generations. Since 2013, RJF has been working with rural community leaders to not only improve access to education but also the quality and relevance of the education that youth have access to.

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