Education is a critical part of breaking the cycle of poverty and encouraging self-sustainability. The Foundation of the Hospital de la Familia supports educational programs which provide the opportunity for a better future.
Guatemala spends only 2.8 percent of their GDP on education, which is the lowest of any country in Latin America. This limited funding paired with government corruption and inefficiency in the public educational system has a negative effect on learning. The last learning assessment conducted by USAID for primary grades found that only 40 percent of sixth graders reached performance standards in reading. Additionally, 61 percent of Guatemalan youth in the Western Highlands, which is predominantly indigenous, do not reach high school.