Guatemala: Low Schooling Limits Competitiveness

The vast majority of Guatemalan workers have not completed elementary education. The average schooling is 5.6 years.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The results of the National Survey of Employment and Income (ENEI 2010) done by the National Statistics Institute (INE), also reveals that education of Guatemalan workers has not improved over the last six years.

"The situation gets worse in rural areas, while workers in metropolitan zones have an average of 8.35 years of schooling; rural areas have averaged just 3.8 years of education. The remaining urban workers have an average of 6.36 years of schooling," Lorena Alvarez writes for

The lack of properly trained human capital affects the competitiveness of the Guatemalan economy and limits the development of the country.

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Panama: $ 32 Million IDB Loan for Education

November 2010

Resources will be used to improve access and quality of education in three indigenous reserves.

The investment will be dedicated exclusively to the indigenous regions of Embera-Wounaan, Bugle and Kuna Yala Ngäbe.

The loan is for U.S. $ 30 million from the IDB's ordinary capital with a local contribution of U.S. $ 2.4 million.

El Salvador: $60 million for Education

December 2011

The World Bank has approved a loan to improve the quality of education of middle and high school students.

Press release: World Bank

More than 41,000 middle and high school students in El Salvador will have access to quality education as a result of a proposed $60 million loan approved today by the World Bank's Executive Board.

Honduras to improve basic education with IDB support

April 2011

Honduras will improve basic education for more than 100,000 students with the help of a $37 million loan from the IDB.

The financing will help students to learn more in basic education schools that serve the country’s poorest population.

The program’s goal of improving educational quality is designed to complement the “Bono 10Mil” program, which provides conditional cash transfers to low-income families that keep their children in school.

$353 Million in Job Training

January 2010

The government of Panama plans to invest $353 million in job training programs between 2010 and 2014.

Such funds would be administered by Inadeh, the National Institute for Professional Training and Development, and the Labor Ministry.

“These institutions will receive $70.6 million in 2010, and $353 million in the next five years”, reported

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