For most rural youth,
6th grade will be the last time they see a classroom.
rural Honduran youth are finishing primary school
As students progress through their education, access greatly diminishes.
rural Honduran youth are finishing secondary school
Students are completing primary school in record numbers globally.
What are rural families up against?
In a study among E2E communities, parents report the cost of sending their child to the nearest formal secondary school would total between 30%-280% of their total household income. This includes the cost of lodging, transportation, and meals.
Where transportation options exist, they are typically unaffordable and unreliable due to poor road conditions. To reach the nearby town where the single secondary school might be located, a bus may pass only a few times a week with frequent breakdowns. For girls who walk, they risk assault on the late journey home.
Real action by governments to invest in secondary school expansion to rural areas is scarce. Similarly, few NGOs focus primarily on this demographic and instead congregate more in urban or peri-urban areas.
Why secondary school matters
Primary education: Necessary but not sufficient
Primary school teaches basic skills to function in society, while secondary school trains students to use the knowledge gained to alter their behavior at the individual, familial, community, and national level.
An inflection point for girls
Secondary school education goes beyond functional literacy to form critical thinking and analytical skills. It is positively associated with girls and women’s participation in different social sectors such as the environment, community programs, democracy, crime and violence, and human rights.
Greater primary school outcomes
The existence of a nearby secondary school increases parental motivation to see their child complete primary school.
A tool to combat adolescent pregnancy
Greater civic engagement
Shifting gender norms
Since 2012, we've created access to secondary school for nearly 1,000 students.
For every year that an adolescent is out of school, they face increasing pressure to migrate to cities or other countries in search of job opportunities. Without the option to keep studying, most girls will marry and start having children once they finish 6th grade.