Education in Guatemala


Photo: Per Bergholdt Jensen

Education is a fundamental theme for Oxfam IBIS. We work in promoting individual and collective rights of male and female adults and youth and to ensure acces to quality intercultural bilingual education, relevant to the contexts and cultures of these groups.

We concentrate our efforts on indigenous children’s access to and permanence in high quality intercultural bilingual education and advocacy in public policies on intercultural education for life. Among projects we support are: access to education for working children, technical training of young men and women for employment options and eradication of gender-based violence, through empowerment and scholarships.


Intercultural education

Oxfam IBIS works to improve bilingual and intercultural education in Guatemala. Although more than half of the nation's children are indigenous peoples, the education system has failed to provide an education that is culturally and contextually relevant. Consequently, for decades indigenous peoples have received an education lacking relevance and quality. Oxfam IBIS wants to contribute to change this situation, improving curricula and bilingual curricula.

Vocational training

Oxfam IBIS works to provide access to education, technical training and influence to the youth of Guatemala. The country's population is mostly young, but the State has failed to create enough education and employment opportunities for this sector. Consequently, many young people are vulnerable to crime, poverty and addictions. Vocational training creates alternative education-and career opportunities for young people and their future

Teacher training

The future of the children in Guatemala depends on education. But without good teachers there is no good education. For this simple reason, in Guatemala Oxfam IBIS gives priority to the training of teachers in order to to ensure that future generations of the country have a better quality education.