Analysis of the current situation of education in Honduras

The coup that forced president Manuel Zelaya out of the country, has left grave consequences. The result of the November elections gave the presidency to Porfirio Lobo who will be sworn in next January 27. However the situation in Honduras is chaotic.

Education has been one of the most affected sectors. Interruption of classes and the defence by the teachers of the constitutional order left the students with no lessons on many occasions. Fe y Alegría Honduras, Entreculturas local partner, reports that the coup has affected its financial sustainability, which depends on donations, parent support and above all the agreements established with the Ministries of Education and Work... "We were informed that the funding would stop, that lessons had to be stopped and send the students home" says Miguel Molina, Fe y Alegría Honduras director. "But we firmly believe in our mission, we have to be an alternative for the poorest of our country" he adds. " Many friendly institutions such as Entreculturas, Alboan, Porticus and the Central American Province of the Society of Jesus helped us, allowing many students to end the school year" he explains.

Alejandro Fernández, also of Fe y Alegría, says that "in Honduras, to study in a public school means to reduce considerably the possibilities of coming out of poverty". Only 30% of the children end primary education without repeating one of the years. The situation gets worse if we focus on the rural area and among the native population which continue to be the poorest of the poorest. Honduras needs at least 25 years to attain the level of countries such as Costa Rica or Panama" adds Alejandro.

After the first months when the international community paid attention to Honduras, the future is uncertain. "It seems that we no longer are news, we go back to being the country where nothing goes on" says Miguel Molina.