Where do you think we would be right now, as a civilization, without basic education?
There would be no phones. No internet. No books. No buildings. No governments. In fact, without basic education, you won’t be able to read this post right now.
To say that “basic education is important” is an understatement. Education is essential for survival and progress. Education gives us knowledge. Knowledge is power. Power to change our lives and other people’s lives for good.
That’s what the Yuda Bands Project aims to give students from Guatemala and Zimbabwe. Without basic, proper education they will have a hard time succeeding. If they don’t, they’ll be part of the poverty cycle – a system that’s been causing these countries hardship for decades.
The government of Guatemala and Zimbabwe find it difficult to give their people good quality education. Mostly because of poverty and their growing population. That’s why we need to act and help them today.
Before you do, there are certain things you need to know about each country’s education system.
Guatemala’s Problem with Basic Education
The composition of Guatemala’s geographical structure is mountains. That is why most of the schools there are private schools. That makes it hard for many Guatemalans to go to school. It is because more than half the population of Guatemala live below the poverty line. 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. 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.
Zimbabwe’s Problem with Basic Education
Zimbabwe has public schools but the government can’t sustain them. That’s why these public schools also have tuition fees. For this reason, education is not completely free in Zimbabwe. Recent years of global economic crisis also prevents funds in Zimbabwe.
How many youth graduates from high school and then go onto college in Guatemala and Zimbabwe?
A question now comes into our minds. How many youth graduates from high school and then go to college in Guatemala? How about in Zimbabwe?
These are the statistics (according to UNICEF) of the education of both countries.
Education rates in Guatemala
As for Guatemala, 65% is the enrollment rate in secondary schools (65% in all, 68% male and 62% female). 59.2% is from lower secondary completion rates (from primary schools to 9th grade).
82% of the population in Guatemala cannot continue to pursue in higher education. Instead of continuing their education they go to search jobs and work for their families.
Education rates in Zimbabwe
About 10 percent of the population age 3-24 years had never been to school. That’s according to a recent census. Of the total female population age 3-24 years, 30 percent had left school. While 37 percent of males aged 3-24 years old also left.
In college, those who attend private schools are 13.05%. Other universities have a total of 22.82%. And because Zimbabwe is a poor country, 64% of the total population in Zimbabwe cannot pursue college.
Do you want to help?
The Yuda Bands Project has been helping thousands of students from Guatemala and Zimbabwe. They’ve been sending them to schools, paying their uniforms, school supplies, and sometimes giving them allowances. However, Yuda Bands need your help.
The Yuda Bands Project can do these things by doing service projects throughout the country. So far, more than two million students volunteered and 2,000 schools have joined. They’ve helped us slowly but surely defeat the poverty cycle and make sure these students will have a bright future.
How about you? Can you help us today?
Click here to see how the Yuda Bands Project works and how you can be part of the LARGEST service project in America.