According to the English Proficiency Index produced by Education First, Guatemala and Panama have improved, moving from the "very low" group to the "low" group, while Costa Rica and El Salvador remain stagnant at that level.
The index, which the global English teaching business Education First publishes annually, defines three levels of proficiency in 70 countries worldwide. In the world rankings, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and El Salvador were located in the 43rd, 46th, 48th and 61st positions, respectively.
the report presents a series of statistics and relevant findings on key demographic, social, economic, environmental and regional policies.
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This document is a tool for Central American societies which can be used for monitoring, analysis and constructing knowledge about the advances and letdowns in sustainable human development in the region during the first decade of the century. Its development is a response to a need for timely, systematic, updated, reliable and easily accessible information for monitoring major demographic, social, economic, environmental and political aspects in the Isthmus. This statistical compendium is part of the actions promoted by the State of the Region Project to make available to various social, academic and institutional sectors the outcomes of the regional platform for information and knowledge on sustainable human development which has been put together over the last 17 years.
Top of the list in the region is Panama (57 in the world), followed by Costa Rica (58), Guatemala (98), Honduras (99), El Salvador (103) and Nicaragua (131).
The Global Information and Communication Technologies Report 2012 is prepared by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in collaboration with INSEAD Business School. It has been published since 2001 and covers 142 countries.
Main conclusions regarding the Central American economy between 2008 and 2011.
The State of the Region Report is a tool by Central America for Central America, which analyzes and tracks the major challenges of sustainable human development. In this fourth report, the titles of the main conclusions on the topic Economy are presented:
In Guatemala an Economic Culture Survey found that nearly 6 in 10 people do not know what interest rate is.
"39% of the population of Guatemala recognizes not to know what interest rate are and almost 20% has a misconception; the bottom line is that nearly 6 out of 10 Guatemalans do not know what interest rate means."
Panama is the only Central American country participating in the International Student Assessment (PISA).
The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is to measure if students near the end of mandatory education have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to fully participate in society. PISA highlights those countries which have achieved good performance and at the same time, an equitable distribution of learning opportunities, helping in setting ambitious goals for other countries.
In the Global Human Development Index 2010, Panama is ranked 54, Costa Rica 62, El Salvador 90, Honduras 106, Nicaragua and Guatemala 115 and 116 respectively.
The Central American countries, like others in Latin America, continue to improve in most variables measuring human development and the HDI Program published by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The region places between 56 and 125 in the world in harnessing information and telecommunication technologies (ICTs).
To calculate the placement, three areas were taken into account: Environment, Preparedness and Use. Environment measures the degree to which the country's general atmosphere promotes the development of ICTs, measuring factors such as market infrastructure and regulation.
A realistic look at the challenges of sustainable human development in Central America.
How is Central America doing?
A realistic look at the present and future.
The State of the Region Report is an instrument from Central America and for Central America. It purpose is to provide a follow-up to the challenges of sustainable human development in the region. It seeks to offer information and analysis the Central Americans with the objective of:
The Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC, University of San Carlos of Guatemala) was one of the earliest universities to be founded in the Americas. It was decreed a university on January 31, 1676 by royal command of King Charles II of Spain. It had previously been known as the Escuela de Santo Tomás (School of Saint Thomas), founded in 1562 by the priest Francisco Marroquín. The University finally gained international acceptance by Official Decree from Pope Innocent XI, on June 18, 1687.
Operates in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama
Phone: (502) 6631 8316
The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, founded in Costa Rica in 1994, is an “open multiple space”. To comply with this ambitious idea, we define and promote, in a permanent way, the most recent tendencies and dynamics in the world of contemporary art and design throughout the Central American region, thus reinforcing their links within the Latin American and International context.
Operates in Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 2257 7202
Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) is a private, independent organization that promotes private sector-led economic development in the Caribbean Basin and throughout the Hemisphere.
Operates in Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Caribbean Community
Phone: (202) 331-9467