Roundtable on the challenges and opportunities of the educational system in Nicaragua

13 July 2021
Credit: KIX LAC hub

On June 16, SUMMA and OECS organized the third working group meeting on education, this time with KIX LAC representatives from Nicaragua, Nacira Guerrero, Nora Cuadra and Herman Van de Velde, as well as officials from the Ministry of Education. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the diagnosis and results of the report "Challenges and Opportunities of the Education System in Nicaragua" carried out by researcher David Otero for KIX LAC.

The main objective of the meeting was to develop a general review of the six thematic areas in which the report is organized - early childhood education, learning assessment systems, gender equality, strengthening data systems, equity and inclusion, and teaching and learning - to identify the main challenges and opportunities of the Nicaraguan education system, as well as the interrelated work of actors and institutions. Subsequently, participants made specific observations to be incorporated and expanded upon in the document.

The study offers some suggestions for intervention to promote the closing of knowledge gaps, among others:

- Systematization of educational experiences through promotion and dissemination.

- Creation of a school map that facilitates the location of out-of-school children and adolescents in their territorial, economic, social and cultural contexts, which contributes to effective decision-making.

- Creation of programs aimed at the segment of the adolescent population, young pregnant women and mothers, also integrating their partners.

- Research that identifies the material and social deficiencies related to the family and cultural environment of groups of students belonging to indigenous and Afro-descendant populations in order to offer education programs with flexible school trajectories adapted to their interests and needs.

- Creation of a system of educational indicators to evaluate the quality of the national education system in terms of accessibility, affordability, adaptability and acceptability in accordance with the indicators that follow up on SDG 4 and the 2030 Education Agenda.