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Over the past 15 years, USAID education programs have supported increased access to quality basic education through a network of model schools that use modern child-centered teaching practices. These programs have increased community and parent participation, academic achievement, and student graduation rates. USAID’s current education programs aim to provide educational opportunities to youth in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region, promote early grade reading in the North Central region of Nicaragua, and foster an enabling environment for private sector involvement in support of health and education priorities in Nicaragua.

USAID’s Education for Success Program under the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), targets out-of-school and in-school-youth in five municipalities in Nicaragua’s South Atlantic Autonomous Region that are highly vulnerable to drug trafficking--Kukra Hill, Pearl Lagoon, Corn Island, Desembocadura de Río Grande and Bluefields. The program provides educational opportunities through scholarships for children in grades 4-6 (preventing early drop-out), and for high school students (including the costs of going to school away from home). It also supports scholarships in vocational training and other courses for youth who have already left school.  The program includes life-skills training, sports activities, English lessons, and tutoring.

The Alliances for Education and Health program promotes public-private partnerships to increase investments in social sector programs. Through strategic alliances, some of the largest business conglomerates in Nicaragua are actively furthering USAID goals in education and health in Nicaragua by providing their resources and expertise.

USAID’s Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) program with Georgetown University provides scholarships for economically disadvantaged Nicaraguan students and professionals to study six month, one-year, or two-year courses in U.S. community colleges and universities. Since 1991, approximately 1200 Nicaraguans have received a SEED scholarship.

Last updated: May 14, 2014

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