Literacy Rates in Guatemala


According to Minority Rights Group International, in urban areas, 55% of urban indigenous women are literate. In rural areas, literacy rates are even lower with only 35% of indigenous women literate.

Given the low income levels in rural indigenous communities, a lack of financial resources means that indigenous children are less likely to be enrolled in school and more likely to be over-age if they do enroll.

Once in school, indigenous children are also more likely to repeat grades and drop out without attaining literacy or completing primary school. In 2005, 25 per cent of all enrolled students inGuatemalarepeated first grade.

Only 33% of all students inGuatemalaaged 13 to 15 were enrolled in school, and indigenous people as a whole end up with half the number of years of schooling of non-indigenous people.

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