Our schools today depend on the country’s financial status. The government funds public schools. That’s why most of the time they are free. Private schools are not because they are independent of the government. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for schools in Guatemala and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe and Guatemala are currently experiencing a financial crisis due to poverty. In came to a point where public school isn’t free anymore.
In this post, we will differentiate the education systems of schools in Guatemala and Zimbabwe. You’ll also see why many children would rather work than go to school — and what you can do to help now.
Education in Zimbabwe
Students in Zimbabwe can enter university, college, or other institutions of higher learning. But before that, they need to finish two things. First, 7 years of primary schooling. Second, 6 years of secondary schooling.
But there are factors that affect the education in Zimbabwe.
Access to a quality education
Teacher shortages hinder the education quality. UNICEF claims that only a third of schools are in good condition. Schools also face capacity challenges, including double session schooling, and overcrowded classrooms.
The quality of education is also affected by the lack of trained teachers. Teacher shortages surge in rural areas more than urban areas. This is due to unfavorable working conditions and low compensation.
Zimbabwe’s education aspired to provide free and universal education to all children. This is through the Zimbabwe Education Act reformed in 1980. But, tuition fees and education costs have accumulated over time. Education is not completely free in Zimbabwe. This is also due to historical government expenditures focusing on infrastructure for education. Recent years of global economic crisis also prevents funding in Zimbabwe. This is the reason why even public schools cannot afford to let students study for free.
Education in Guatemala
Education in Guatemala is free and compulsory for six years. Guatemala has a 3-tier system of education starting with primary school. Secondary school and tertiary education follow. However, most tertiary schools in Guatemala are private. That’s why many children can’t continue.
More than half the population of Guatemalans live below the poverty line. It is hard for them to go to school. It is especially hard for children living in rural areas to attend primary school. Most drop out due to the lack of access and inadequate facilities.
Indigenous children cannot afford the rising cost of uniforms, books, supplies, and transportation. For poorer students, time spent in school could be time better spent working. They can help put food on the table for their families now. What’s the point of continuing if you’re still going to stop in the future?
Education is one of the keys to success. But due to poverty, it stops people from reaching their true potential. These children deserve more. They want to succeed in life. They want to earn it through education.
Schools in Guatemala and Zimbabwe Need Help
Education in Zimbabwe, education in Guatemala. Both countries are in a state of poverty. Schools in Guatemala and Zimbabwe need help. Children want to go to school, but their parents cannot afford it. Private schools in Guatemala needs tuition fees. Public schools in Zimbabwe even need tuition fees. This is how poor these countries are.
But this is not the end of the story. There are many ways to help! Research more about groups, clubs, and websites that give information. A little contribution, when supplied, again and again, will become big.
Now is the time to contribute, to help. We have an opportunity to help children who can’t achieve their dreams just because of poverty. If you want to help now, learn more by clicking here.