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USAID efforts in education focus on improving the quality of education of primary- and secondary-level students by developing language programs, curricula, and materials. USAID also seeks to improve teacher professional development, school management, investment (by reporting the uses and sources of education finance), and information systems for decision making in the education sector. Also, USAID will work on developing leadership skills in youth; enhancing higher education opportunities, including those for disadvantaged youth; building public-private alliances to strengthen education programs, both during and after school; and out-of-school youth programs.


Progress in education is essential to El Salvador’s development needs because a better educated, competitive workforce will contribute to the country’s economic growth, making it a viable partner in the global economy.

Like other Latin American and Caribbean countries, El Salvador faces three major challenges in education: poor education quality, resulting in a growing number of youth leaving school without basic skills mastery; limited access and inequity for disadvantaged groups such as indigenous girls, urban and rural poor, and minorities; and unemployed youth who are highly susceptible to gangs, crime, and poverty. USAID/El Salvador helps in responding to the above challenges.

USAID continues to support the education sector by working with the Ministry of Education to improve education quality and efficiency, and strengthening local organizations that support education. USAID efforts are focused on addressing education needs at the primary level, more broadly at the secondary level, and keeping youth in school while strengthening their leadership skills. USAID also focuses on improving the quality of higher education institutions (HEI) and increasing opportunities for students to attend colleges and universities.

Assistance for education in El Salvador will:

  • Improve teaching and learning practices in basic education
  • Decrease the high drop-out and repetition rates at the secondary level
  • Expand out-of-school programs that provide remedial basic education academic skills and workforce readiness
  • Increase access to higher education opportunities for disadvantaged youth
  • Strengthen higher education programs by establishing partnerships among Salvadoran, U.S. HEIs, and private-sector partners

Last updated: February 16, 2015

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