The partnership will work to bring down barriers preventing indigenous girls in rural areas of Guatemala (and Bolivia) from attaining a quality education with a particular focus on reducing gender-based violence.

  • Where
    Rabinal, Guatemala
  • Focus area
  • Duration
    To be defined as part of the start-up workshop
  • Economy
    9 million DKK
Prime partner: OxfamIBIS

The problem

For indigenous children and even more so for indigenous girls and adolescent girls, the quality of the education delivered is appalling. The results of this is that many children do not learn the basics, drop out of school and are unable to transition to higher levels of education.

In Guatemala, the average national number of years of schooling for girls is 4 to 6 years; in areas with a predominantly indigenous population, it is 2.6 years on average. In 2012, 60 % of girls below the age of 14 registered as pregnant were indigenous and the majority had dropped out of school.

Besides from the severe lack of culturally appropriate education content, indigenous girls and women also experience severe gender-based discrimination and violence. These forms of discrimination are rooted in cultural norms and a patriarchal system and often result in early pregnancies and lack of opportunities.

Our approach

The exact interventions will be developed following a start-up workshop in Q1 2019, however the approach taken is based on the assumption that an intercultural, gender transformative education will impact school-related gender-based violence and early pregnancies.

By reaching boys and girls while their ideas about gender roles are still in flux in the school age, it is possible to raise their awareness of gender based violence and empower the girls. They must be taught in their mother tongue and in an intercultural way about equal rights, gender norms and roles, and the right to their own body. This is expected to result in higher participation and achievement in education and less violence and discrimination.